November Fifteenth Thankful that We Can…if We Will

Second chances or third or fourth or…daily.


I didn’t watch the game, I was busy doing other things, but I’ve since seen the highlights. The Carolina Panthers signed-resigned Cam Newton under a one year contract. He had been let go a while back for various reasons but they needed a quarterback and he was available. Yesterday he played and he reminded them just how good he can be. As he vocally alerted the fans in the stands, he’s back. Given another chance.


When I was nineteen or twenty, I was electrocuted. The doctor at the emergency room said if I had came into contact with wood, metal or liquid I would not be here. All of what he listed was within arm’s reach. Another chance.


At twenty-two I was in a very abusive relationship and took a serious beating that I survived.  Immediately after I escaped and came home. Another chance.


Late thirties I was in a bad car accident. Another chance.


A few months after my fiftieth birthday I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was caught very early. Another chance.


For some reason, I have been given multiple chances. I know that for what ever reason, I am still here. There is some purpose for my life and as I seek to understand, I also seek to not waste that life. I may not be able to do some things I would like, but I can do others. The important thing, is making do with what you have. I don’t have money, but I have time. I also have the ability to write and to share. With that, I hope to make aware and to remind those who happen along to read, that we are all given second chances. It is up to us, to make use of those chances given.


So what if you don’t have money to give, think of other gifts that you may share.


Talents. If you sew, crochet, paint, bead work, woodwork, any talent that you possess, that you can teach another. Gives them another chance. They may take that learning and use it to help themselves do better. Then maybe in turn, pass that knowledge forward.


Teaching. Do you  have the time, the knowledge, and patience, to tutor another? To help them learn to read? To help them improve in their reading, their math, the science knowledge. To help one learn or improve in their cooking or housekeeping skills.


Online skills. Either teaching others personally, or creating a web site designed through video or blogs to educate on any variety of topics. Pick your topic or specialty and create your masterpiece.


Having the time to sit with one who is home bound, elderly, otherwise alone. There are also those in assisted living centers who have been either partially of fully abandoned.

These are but a very few among the many.

I realize that some of what we would like to do is more difficult under the circumstances in which we are currently dealing. Precautions are required to keep all healthy and protected. That does not make it impossible.

Every single day that we wake up, is another chance. Every day, brings another opportunity to be the difference for others. Even if that difference is a kind word in greeting, an honest-sincere complement, an act as simple as opening a door. We can show kindness and respect through our every word and action. We can assist, we can show through example, we can lead with purpose. We can, if we will.

Morning Glories. With each new morning comes new beauty and new opportunities to be the difference for those around us.

About rebecca s revels

A writer, a photographer, a cancer survivor. An adventurer of the mild kind, a lover of the simple pleasures such as long walks and chocolate. A Christian unashamed of my faith and a friend who is dependable and will encourage readily. Author of three self published books with more waiting to find their way to paper. An advocate of good things, a fighter against wrongs.
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2 Responses to November Fifteenth Thankful that We Can…if We Will

  1. pkadams says:

    Great post! I often feel helpless to help others because I’m pretty much stuck at home with my daughter except for short outings when someone else is here with her . I really want to contribute. I get frustrated with my limits . I’m praying God will show me what I can do . It’s the schedule thing that makes it hard. People expect you to be able to commit to regular activities . I need more of one and done type things because my life is so unpredictable.

  2. John says:

    I’m glad that you survived electrocution and cancer! ❤️🙏🏻

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