The definition of community is:
"A group of people living in the same place
or having a particular characteristic in common."
That "particular characteristic" is summed up beautifully
by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the quote below.
In a word?
A simple reminder, tonight.
We need to move in strong and intentional ways to serve others…
most especially when nothing stands to benefit us in return.
To honor. To serve. To care for.
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The fear of __________________.
While what you put in that blank may be different than anyone else, we all have that blank to fill. Not a day goes by that we aren't faced with overcoming some fear. Some days the fears are smaller, some days they seem bigger than life. But knowing that we have the choice to confront our fears head on is an amazing promise of progress.
We don't get it right every time. We fall down. We scrape our knees, and maybe our emotions too. It's in the getting back up to look fear in the eye and calmly saying "no thank you" that tells the real story.
The story of those who've been there, done that. Felt pain, felt joy. Felt setbacks, and turned around to launch a comeback. Experienced lows and bounced back to enjoy the highs of pushing past the hard stuff.
So while we may all fill in the blank with a different word, remember this promise.
Filling it in and confronting it gets a whole lot easier when we realize we are in the great company of friends and family who are all doing the same thing. Moving forward. Gaining momentum. Starting a movement of kicking fear aside in the place of joy.
The secret of life?
No one can sum that up in one sentence…but this will help.
Conquering fear is about relationships. Going through the hard with those who are doing the same. And when we all come out on the other side?
There's no better feeling.
Stop giving power to the fear, and realize it's overcome through saddling up next to great friends and family as we all do this thing called life…
That's a great little secret. So good, in fact, that it shouldn't be a secret anymore.
Join us in sharing it with everyone you know.
We loved this poster SO much when we saw it,
we had to share it with you tonight!
After you read it…read it again. And then one more time.
So much wisdom in just a few short phrases.
We tried to pick a favorite phrase, and kept saying…"all of them!" If you twisted our arm we'd probably say…
"laughter is the best dinner music."
We hope your dinner
had the volume turned up to 10 tonight!
OUT ON A LIMB FOR SOMEONE?
We love it when we hear stories about
how someone found a person in need and stepped in to help.
There is an old saying that goes something like this..
"Show me your checkbook and your calendar and I will show you what matters most to you".
Where do you spend your time and money?
What can you do with your time and money today to honor someone in need?
How far out on that limb are you willing to go to make a difference in someone's life?
All good questions for us to ponder today.
Keep your "limbdar" on high alert today. (Limb + Radar)
You never know…
Your limb traveling may be the best part
of someone else's day.
And that is cool. Very cool.
You betcha it's made with REAL SUGAR. But the kick is, HOW MUCH?
We hate to be the bearer of incredibly bad news,
That can of soda (or pop depending on where you hail from)
wait for it…
10 SUGAR PACKETS IN IT!
Turns out that's not the best thing to "#throwback" after all.
If it were only this easy!
This image allows you to almost feel the storm. The blur of their clothing tells us of their hurried movement. The umbrella likely will succumb to the elements, but shows us an attempt to take cover amidst the pending pelting of a storm.
There are no smiles, only pensive concentration on the next step. Then another…and another…and another…simply trying to get to a place of respite, and cover.
The weather tonight in Fredonia and Dunkirk has offered much of the same.
One moment, a cool breeze that was welcomed after a long, hot, humid day.
And then in an instant…many looked like this photo.
So why the post on weather tonight?
In a word?
Sure. Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. But what about the seasons within a season? The ones that tend to sneak up on us unexpected? Or even if we know they are predicted to come, are hard to navigate nonetheless?
Here is some encouragement for you tonight.
In four words...
This Too Shall Pass.
Whatever you may be going through tonight…this too shall pass.
Whatever is weighing on your heart…this too shall pass.
When there is a bump in the road…this too shall pass.
And if life is clear sailing for you right now?
While the "weather of life" may be sunny and 80 degrees for many, there are others preparing for, going through, and trying to…
weather the storm.
Maybe a simple phone call to encourage a friend is in order today.
To let them know you are there for them.
this too shall pass.
On the world's greatest stage, history was made tonight.
It had never happened before tonight. Never, once, has a USA substitute player scored a goal on the world's greatest stage…THE WORLD CUP.
AND…it was the game winning goal with only minutes left to play. AND…it was by a player, that a month before the team departed for the World Cup, wasn't even on the team.
We shared this to encourage someone who believes the impossible is…impossible.
It's not true...
When you put in the work ahead of time,
you never know when your greatest moment will be right on time.
We're big enough to meet all of your healthcare needs and small enough to still know everyone.