"Don't stifle a good impulse." quoth my mother often to me whilst I was a growing lass.
And that's the quote I based my remarks on yesterday in church. The actual topic was "seeking inspiration from the scriptures" but that quote from my mom has been going through my head a lot over these past few months so it was my jumping off point.
It really is great advice.
I should exercise.
I should write that friend a note.
I should find so-and-so on facebook.
I should buy flowers for my sister-in-law who just quit her job.
I should make cookies with my kids.
I should share some cookies with my neighbors.
I should clean the bathroom, later.
I should replant those bulbs in the backyard.
I should invite that couple over for dinner.
I should go to bed earlier.
And maybe not all good impulses are divine inspiration, but doing good makes everyone feel a little better, right? And I'll admit, most of my good impulses seem to be stifled by the life I lead, by the kids I parent, but if I just do one of those good impulses, even just one a week, it makes me feel better about life in general and that must ricochet out into the universe so someone else is feeling better too. Right?
Now the challenge is to just let it go if I never get to those good impulses and not think that they are paving stones for my road to he-double-hockey-sticks. (Another quote that goes through my head, but not because my mom said it to me.)
Thanks for the words of wisdom, Mom.