Are You Flowing Or Taking Away in Life?
As I got in my car last week, the hot temperature caused the moisture on the back of my neck to roll down my shirt, like a perspiring glass of ice tea.
For the past week, our temperatures have been over 100 degrees, and it looks like next week will be more of the same.
While running my errands, I drove past one of our community parks that have a splash pad. Watching the kids run through the fountains almost made me want to get out of my car to join them.
But I had little time for that as I was on my way to meet friends for lunch.
As I drove to the restaurant, with the refreshing sight of kids splashing around in the fountain, I remembered a phrase I heard years ago.
“People are either fountains or drains.”
I started reflecting on my life, thinking of the times I’ve been a drain and the times I’ve been a fountain.
What Drains Can Do
Drains take away, depleting and emptying lives. They get clogged with garbage and can give off an unpleasant odor of sourness.
Yep. Sadly, I have sucked the joy out of someone’s day a time or two.
When I acted like a drain, I became critical, rude, impatient and insensitive. I drained the energy out of those I was around.
I remember a few circumstances when I should have been an encourager, but I chose to be a drain.
What Fountains Can Do
But there are also times I remember being like a fountain.
When I behaved like a fountain, I was encouraging, considerate, and thoughtful.
I spilled into the lives of others inspiring and encouraging them to be the best version of themselves.
Be A Fountain — There Are Enough Drains In The World
One of the great things about life is we don’t need to be who we were yesterday.
As long as there is breath in us, we have the power and ability to change our attitudes and perspectives to be better.
I took advantage of the opportunity to become a fountain several years ago after I realized I had hurt someone deeply.
While I am a work in progress, I know each day I get a little better than I was the day before.
Every day we have the choice to be a fountain or a drain.
The way we approach our day will effect the day of everyone we meet.
We’re either filling someone’s life with value and encouragement or taking away their energy or optimism with our negativity.
Be a Fountain
The one that gives relief and replenishes the exhausted; the one that others are drawn to; the one that others want to be around.