Wednesday, September 3, 2014

We Rise By Lifting Others

Have you ever had one of “those” days, where no matter what you do there seems to be a negative force pulling against you? One of those days where the laundry keeps multiplying, the little ones keep fighting, the house just can’t seem to stay clean, the toilet has overflowed again, you’ve burnt the macaroni and cheese because the phone rang at the wrong time, the dog just ran through the house after taking a mud bath, an extra bill came in the mail that your budget didn’t plan for, the car breaks down and need to be fixed, you’re husband is working late and you just need a little peace and quiet! You know. . .one of “those” days.

We all have them. They come in many forms but they are there none the less. It’s on days like this that I am truly grateful for small random acts of kindness:

  • The extra help in the grocery store when you’re kids are screaming, you’re at the check out line, you can’t find your debit card and the women behind you pays for your groceries.
  • A note sent by a neighbor thanking you always waving as you drive by. 
  • The loaf of homemade bread that a friend drops by just to say “I’m thinking of you”
  • Giving someone who is homeless a granola bar and bottle of water because you have extra
  • When a friend calls and says “Let me babysit your children tonight” so you can have a much needed date night with your spouse.
  • Paying a compliment to another mom because you know how difficult being a mom can be sometimes.

We all need those ‘gifts’, those random acts of kindness that truly remind us that we are not alone. We are all moms in the trenches of life trying to raise children in this ever changing world. We need to step up to the plate, so to speak, and remember to pay it forward.

I love the end of that quote “ get what you give so give good.” The grammar might not be perfect but the message is. We need to give. We need to help. We need each other because it is only by lifting others that we can truly rise.

There are so many ways that we can pay it forward. Here are a few examples:

If you are unsure of where to start, here is a situation near and dear to my heart. I have a very good friend that is in need of these acts of service. She and her husband are in the mist a tremendous trial. They are an adoptive family that is in the midst of a 3+ year contested adoption. They are still waiting for a verdict from the supreme court to see if they can officially adopt their baby. He is now 3 years old and has been with them since birth. You can imagine the emotional and financial stress that accompanies 3 years of lawyer and court fees. If you are able, please help them out and pay it forward. Anything from $1-$500 will help this beautiful family.

Visit: to donate.

Let’s make someones day a little better! Let’s join forces and buoy each other up in our times of need.

-Roué Anne

1 comment:

  1. You're incredible Katelyn! Thank you for sharing your soul and for being the inspiring example you are! Xoxo