I took this picture early this morning. Doesn’t the snow look like fluffy eiderdown, wrapped around the post of the mailbox? Just lovely.
And the sight of that mailbox made me smile, because twice in the past couple of weeks, our friendly mailman has stopped his usual routine to congratulate Jameson on his diligent snow removal and rewarded him with a bag of Smarties. Jameson comes in beaming from those encounters, feeling so affirmed and confident.
That same mailman calls out his window on summer afternoons, “Good job having them outside, Mama! I love to see kids playing outside. Not enough of that these days.” And I feel bolstered.
Smiles and waves and a lollipop here and there, delighting my children.
And I thought of those things this morning, as the mailbox grabbed my attention. Delivering mail may not seem grand, spiritual work, but that man leaves encouragement whenever he leaves, and I am reminded: Do small things well. Do all to the glory of God. And see the people you encounter. They are worth your time, investment, and kindness.
Thanks Danica! You just took me back to my Madrid winter last year. I like your thoughts.
Danica, obrigada pelo encorajamento de sempre. Um abraço do Brasil.
Yes, yes, so true!! Remember to see right where you are. These people are not next to you by accident!
Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts. I have been following your blog for about a year now (not sure how I stumbled on it!). It makes me happy whenever I see that you have posted something new, because your thoughts and observations are always a blessing to my soul! Although I don’t live there now, I grew up in Upstate New York, so your outdoor photos touch a special place in my heart as well!