Just A Spoonful Of Sugar. . .

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Did you ever have one of those days (or in this case weeks) that nothing seemed to go right? When it seems like nothing you do turns out right and the rest of world is out to get you? I'm having one of those weeks.

Yesterday started out to be one of those days. I had just found out the day before that I have two teeth that need root canals and several others that need fillings. I had another emergency procedure (I blogged about the other one last week) and I'm still in "sticker shock" over what this is going to cost me. To top that off, there is a whole list of household chores/errands that have been let slip and I've not been able to blog, etc. . . . *sigh*. . . So the short version is that yesterday was shaping up to be a rotten day!

Until somebody cared enough to take a minute out of their busy day to see if I was doing alright.

I received a very sweet phone call from Bill Spear. He was worried because I had not been blogging or answering comments, which is totally out of character for me. He took a few minutes to stop and check that I was alright and that everything was OK. I have to tell you, it changed my entire day!  Bill listened patiently while I told him what had happened, then offered verbal support, and some great advice. (Liz, though I hate to think of anyone in pain, it's nice to know that someone else has been through this, and that there is in fact light at the end of this dental tunnel!) 

I was amazed that someone would take the time out of their undoubtedly busy day to call me, but it totally turned things around! I have to tell you that after that call, I managed to get most of the house chores done, I finally found a great pair of running shoes (That search has been going on for over a month now!), I got my shopping done and even made it home in time to have family movie night. It was like everything just fell into place. 

It got me thinking, what if we all took the time to do something nice for someone else everyday? I think that the world would be a much better place. It's like the song from Mary Poppins says "Just a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down!". Life would be much sweeter and far less medicinal if we all took just a moment from our day to care about someone else. ;)

All in all, yesterday turned out to be a great day!. . . . .Why?. . . .  Because someone took the time to call and say "Hey! Are you doing alright?" ;)


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Janna Scharf
Keller Williams Realty Coeur d'Alene - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Coeur d'Alene Idaho Real Estate Expert

I'm going to follow your lead.  I had a really bad day on Friday, out of left field.  It happens to all of us at one time or another.  Be kind!

Aug 29, 2010 04:20 AM #38
Debra Flora

We all have multiple opportunities everyday to impact the lives of others in a positive way. This is a great example of how it truly works!

Aug 29, 2010 04:31 AM #39
Cynthia Larsen
Cotati, CA
Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA

Isn't that a great feeling? I went camping and received an e-mail from a concerned Rainer. How sweet!

Aug 29, 2010 04:52 AM #40
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

I'm glad things are going better for you.  I have some of those nagging dental issues too.

Aug 29, 2010 05:17 AM #41
Robert Amato
Bob Amato of Empire Home Mortgage Inc - East Meadow, NY

You just reminded me nd I am going to make that call to the elderly lady who lived across the street from where I grew up. I have been meaning to call her but issues keep coming up and getting in the way. I am going to call her after I submitt my comment. Thanks for the reminder.

Aug 29, 2010 05:25 AM #42
Jenna Dixon
DRA Homes | Cobb County Real Estate - Marietta, GA
Empowers You With a Better Real Estate Experience

Phly,  Glad you are feeling better.  Bill & Liz are great, I had a call from Bill when I pulled a disappearing act recently and it was nice to know that someone noticed...even from so far away!

Take care of yourself & don't worry about the laundry...I'm sure it will still be there when you are up to it!  HA!


Aug 29, 2010 05:29 AM #43
Barbara Le Pine
Advantage Real Estate, serving Lincoln County - Newport, OR
Your agent for the Central Oregon Coast!

Phly, Every cent spent on your dentist is a well spent cent! Keep smiling! :)

Aug 29, 2010 05:30 AM #44
Pam Ruckriegel
Louisville Real Estate Pros - 502-435-5524 - Louisville, KY
Negotiating the Best Deal for You!

Keep plugging away at it.  Those root canals are expensive, but in the end you will be so happy it is done and over!

Aug 29, 2010 05:37 AM #45
Chezlene Kocian
MaxWell Mountain Realty - Canmore, AB

It's really lovely to hear that Bill took the time to check in on you and how much better your day ended up being because of it! It is truly these acts of kindness that make the world a better place! I hope the rest of your dental work on Tuesday goes as smoothly as possible. 

Aug 29, 2010 06:42 AM #46
Coleen DeGroff
eXp Realty - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Phly - Your post got me choked up. When people reach out to one another in care and concern that is definitely us appealing to the higher angels that live within us all.  God bless Bill Spear for taking the time to reach out to you. Definitely an angel moment! :)

Glad to hear you're feeling a bit better....but please stay away from those spoonfuls of sugar! :)

Aug 29, 2010 08:37 AM #47
Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Fernando - He's just one of those naturally nice people! ;)

Missy - Good for you! ;) It probably made their day to know that you were thinking of them, even if they were only busy. ;)

Bruce - I'm planning on it! ;)

Pat - You are completely right, all it takes is sometimes one little kindness to make life bright. ;)

Lyn - LOL! It's my day and I'll have a crappy one if it wanna! ;) JK! A positive attitude goes a long way when life throws something not so fun your way. ;) And yes, yes he is!

Janna - Sorry about your bad day. :( I hope that things go much better this coming week!

Debra - Pay it forward and change someone's life for the better. ;)

Cynthia - Totally! ;) People on AR are awesome!

Gene - Thanks! I hope that your dental issues are easily taken care of and get better soon! ;)

Empire - It can get very lonely once your children are grown and gone, so I'm sure that she will be delighted to hear from you. ;)

Jenna - Thanks! ;) The laundry is threatening to stage a revolt and is creeping from the laundry room out into the hall. . . so I think it's time for a Tide intervention! ;)

Barbara - I know! It's funny, the front 2/3s of my mouth is literally perfect. It's my blasted molars that are having the issues. The dentist said that it's hereditary and no amount of brushing or flossing would have helped me. . *sigh* Blasted genetics! ;) 

Pam - Any amount of money is worth it at this point if my teeth stop hurting! ;)

Peter - Everyone has those rough patches, what's important is that you keep going and don't give up. I'm not familiar with Reiki healing, but thanks. ;) Namaste.

Chezlene - I've got my fingers and toes crossed! Thanks! ;)



Aug 29, 2010 09:15 AM #48
Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Coleen - It was one of those very sweet moments that makes you stop and say "Today is a great day because I know someone cares!" And no more sugar for me!!! ;)

Aug 29, 2010 09:17 AM #49
Julie Babcock -Nook & Cranny Home Inspections
Nook & Cranny Home Inspections Tonawanda, NY - Tonawanda, NY

Where's the "Like" button?? :)

Aug 29, 2010 10:31 AM #50
Monica Atherton
The Associates Realty Group - Temecula, CA
Your Temecula Real Estate Gal

Isn't it interesting how one small thing can change someones whole day!

Aug 29, 2010 10:57 AM #51
Sergio DePinto
Royal LePage Maximum Realty.,Brokerage - Greater Toronto Area - Vaughan, ON


Such a well written post....Firstly, I'd like to say how sorry I am about your dental problems... I've been through it too and the most painful part was the cost.

This is such a wonderful post on gratitude. It's why we're all here on this planet. When a friend reaches out and changes your whole day, your outlook, your energy, they're doing the most precious thing one soul can do for another. Selfless giving is the most valuable of all human traits... acknowledging it is the second.


Aug 30, 2010 06:03 AM #52
Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Julie - LOL! ;)

Monica - Sometimes all it takes is a smile. :)

Sergio - Thank you! :) The dentist is one of those necessary things that you just have to put up with, and it can ruin your whole day if you let it. But having great friends, and keeping an optimistic attitude, makes a huge difference. ;)

Aug 30, 2010 06:30 AM #53
Ty Lacroix
Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc - London, ON

Phly: What does it take to help make some one feel better or to enquire about them? A few minutes daily can shape someone else's day.


Aug 30, 2010 01:22 PM #54
Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Ty - It's funny how taking that few minutes to lend an ear to someone, makes both their day and yours so much better! ;)

Aug 31, 2010 09:29 AM #55
Sybil Campbell
Long and Foster REALTORS® 5234 Monticello Ave Williamsburg, Virginia - Williamsburg, VA
REALTOR® ABR, SFR, SRES Williamsburg, Virginia

There are some wonderful caring people here on Active Rain. I feel like a know a lot of them.

Sep 02, 2010 01:07 PM #56
Richard Green
U.S. Cybertek, Inc. - Houston, MO

Sybil - It's a great place to be a part of, everyone is so nice! ;)

Sep 03, 2010 04:29 AM #57
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