Who is the person or place that made a difference in your life? For me it’s Kanakuk Kamp. Every summer of my childhood my parents would send me to Kanakuk Kamp. I attended camp every summer for three weeks. Kanakuk Kamp is an Athletic Christian Camp where I was taught to own my faith and make a difference to others. The camp theme is “I’m Third”. – God FIRST – Others SECOND – I’m THIRD. This motto was threaded throughout all of the activities camp offered. Although it was an athletic camp you could usually find me in leather class where I made beautiful jewelry for myself and my friends. Hmmm…. still doing that! I learned to Keep It Spiritually Simple the I’m Third way.
God FIRST. We have tried to instill this principle with our children. The kids are grown now but I feel confident knowing that as parents we guided them the “I’m Third” way. My husband and I tried to center our family around God FIRST. We reminded them everyday to be nice to everyone because everything you do matters good or bad we are all one. Now they can go through this world with a Spiritual lens if they choose.
Others SECOND. Family dinners at the kitchen table is a priority. This was not simple with three kids and their busy schedules however we made it work most of the time. The kitchen table is our family’s Spiritual hub where we encourage each other to make a difference to someone else. We not only say grace before dinner we listen to each other explain the highs and lows of the day, complete projects, decorate birthday signs and cakes, write thank you notes, cards and college essays and celebrate special occasions. This is where new traditions bloom and life lessons are taught. This is where we nourish our Spiritual souls together.
I’m THIRD. This quote by William James – “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” Helps to remind me to be I’m THIRD.
My 80 year old neighbor walks down my street and waits for her ride. She lives alone and has reluctantly given up driving. She struggles with this. Whenever I see her I take the time to wait with her. Sometimes I’m her driver. We go to art exhibits, Tai Chi class or to Holly Hill Farm where she volunteers. Whenever I’m with her I see life through a different lens. Last night she was walking down the street I asked her,” Where are you going?” She said, “I’ve been in my studio all day sculpting and really want to get out and walk to the bridge to see the sunset! Want to come?” I was thrilled because I had been in my studio feeling the same way. My dogs tail let me know the feeling was mutual. It was a gift to see this unforgettable sunset with such a special friend. We talked about art, faith and shared our views about the world and although they are very different we both agreed we are all ONE! God is First we need to act as ONE. Others are SECOND we need to take care of each other. We are THIRD.
Keep It Spiritually Simple is simple not easy! Simple is using discipline and self-control to take the time to cook, volunteer, drive, walk or just listen to another person. This dedication opens up possibilities that can take the soul where you least expect it! Be on the look out for these opportunities they transform into gifts to you. This Thanksgiving sit at your “hub” and make a paper chain linking all the people and places you are grateful for that made a difference in your life. Hang it somewhere special. Chances are you are the link on someones chain. Happy Thanksgiving!
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