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Just Because

just becauseHave you ever received a “just because”? Have you ever given a “just because”? This “just because” might have been a free coffee, thank you note, hug or simply a quick text letting someone know you were thinking about them. Recently, I received one of those simple text; a just because text that simply wrote, “I am thinking about you.” Some people may refer to these “just because” acts as random acts of kindness; however, for me when I refer to a “just because” I am referring to a moment when a friend or family member decides to let you know they care. You receive a letter in the mail from a long distance friend. Your child runs to give you a hug for no reason at all. You meet up with a friend for lunch and they brought you a gift. Your husband calls you in the middle of the day to remind you how he much he loves you. These “just because” moments go a little deeper than a stranger buying your lunch. (Those moments I refer to as “God winks” but that is for another blog for another day.)
When I received that text the other day, it brought a smile to my face and it warmed my heart so much to know that my friend in the middle of her day decided to stop what she was doing to let me know I was on her mind. That simple text spoke volumes to me and added a little extra pep to my step that day.
If it has been a while since you completed a “just because” for someone you know then I challenge you to complete one this week. Remind someone they have value. Remind someone who you see every day how much you care about them. Sometimes the people closest to us hear that the least. Remind your friend that you are here for her by bringing her dinner. You may not know even why that friend or family member is on your mind, but stop and simply let them know you are thinking about them. So don’t just sit there, grab your phone, turn on the oven or grab a card to start your “just because”. You never know whose day needs a little extra pep.
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