“A Humbling Experience”, Written By My Mum :)

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Humility, gratitude, thankful, appreciation; these are all words  which seem to be thrown around a lot these days, especially during the holidays (American Thanksgiving next week).  But I feel we need to practice these things every single day.  It certainly shouldn’t matter what the calendar says; staying in tune with a humble mind and a grateful heart mustn’t be specifically reserved for the holidays.

My Mum is a wonderful writer.  She had a thought-provoking experience recently that, in reflection, allowed her to truly view the situation in an entirely different way (than what she ‘thought’ at the time it was happening).  When she told me about it recently, I asked her to write about it.  Without further ado, here it is:

A Humbling Experience

I’ll be the first to admit I’m a work in progress. Just when I think I’ve got it made, wisdom/spirit wise I get a reminder that I ain’t perfect yet!

Case in point: recently I entered my favourite coffee shop on a bitter cold and windy day, never thinking twice about my ability to pay for whatever I fancied. Then I heard a voice behind me. “Excuse me, is this your hat? I found it just outside the door.”

Turning I beheld a man with long flowing hair and beard, far from nattily dressed, holding out a winter hat. “No, it isn’t, thanks”, I replied, turning away quickly. Then I heard him ask another person in line.

“Yes, it is, thank you very much. Here, let me buy you a coffee” said the grateful owner.

I realized then that the man would never have entered this upscale coffee shop. But he found the hat and wanted to see who it belonged to on this wintery day.

He could easily have kept if for himself and no-one would have been the wiser.

You see, he was bare-headed. And because I did not really look, for all I know perhaps he didn’t have a scarf, gloves or warm boots either. Things I take for granted.

Since then, I have thought of what I could have done, had I taken the time to really truly ‘see’. And I hope that next time I am not so quick to judge and that I try to extend an act of kindness and compassion.

And that most of all I realize, “There but for the Grace of God go I.”


Thank you, Mum.  You have always taught me to be kind, grateful, compassionate, caring, and non-judgmental.  I needed these reminders and I appreciate you sharing your experience, which is humbling in and of itself.  Taking the time to reflect on our actions and words equates to the growth of our soul.  I too am a work in progress, but I know we are always given opportunities that allow us to put what we’ve learned into action.  Sometimes it just takes a little reminder to show us what we already know, or what we really need to learn.

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday filled with gratitude and humility.

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  31 comments for ““A Humbling Experience”, Written By My Mum :)

  1. November 19, 2017 at 11:10 am


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    • November 19, 2017 at 11:14 am

      Ah, thank you so much my dear! My mum reads all the comments (and all my posts, bless her). Cher xo

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      • November 19, 2017 at 11:18 am

        Beautiful lady to impart such knowledge and for you also to live by what she imparted to you.

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      • November 19, 2017 at 11:41 am

        Thanks so much for your lovely words! She is an amazing person, and I try so hard to practice what she has taught me (and continues to teach). Cher xo

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      • November 19, 2017 at 11:48 am

        I can feel your gentleness the day I started following your blog

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      • November 19, 2017 at 11:51 am

        The smile that literally erupted across my face just now……………………….. Thank you for your kind words, my friend. I am beyond grateful. Cher xo

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      • November 19, 2017 at 11:51 am

        You’re welcome 🙂

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      • November 19, 2017 at 11:56 am

        🙂 ❤ ❤ xo


  2. November 19, 2017 at 11:23 am

    You are both writing well, Cher 🙂
    I can only agree with you, we need to wake up and be kind every day. We can all do something. If we don’t have money to give or buy them some food for, we can use time and talk and see them, as the souls, they also are. Not all are lucky.

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    • November 19, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Why thank you so much, Irene! Exactly; I feel that we can all do something every day. All of the things you mentioned are excellent suggestions, Irene. It is in our power to even send positive energy, prayer, or anything that reflects goodness to others. Thank you, my dear! Cher xo

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  3. November 19, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Wonderful write by your Mum. and learning from that experience shows just how special your mum is. And indeed, as I recently said in a post about homelessness, There for the grace of our circumstance, go I..
    Thank you Cher for sharing.. You have a very special Mum.. 🙂 ❤

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    • November 19, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Thank you so much, dear Sue! She is a very special person, and yes, regarding your excellent post; your words are extremely meaningful to me. Thanks, Sue; I definitely do! Cher xo

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  4. November 19, 2017 at 11:36 am

    Very special! ♥

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    • November 19, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Ah, thank you so much, Billy Ray! Cher xo


  5. RMW
    November 19, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Sounds like you have a really good relationship with your mum… count your blessings (I’m sure you do…). We all take so much for granted. I have learned to stop several times a day and be grateful… makes me feel better when I realize how much I have instead of dwelling on the things I don’t have.

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    • November 19, 2017 at 12:22 pm

      I do, and I do! *LOL* Ah, thanks so much my dear! Oh yes, it is something to be mindful of everyday, isn’t it? I too feel better when I think about how much I have as opposed to what I don’t. Having that attitude of gratitude is really important, I think. 🙂 Thanks so much for your wonderful words!! Cher xo


  6. November 19, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    So loved this story… reminding us all to look with eyes of compassion… Thankyou, barbara x

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    • November 19, 2017 at 2:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Barbara! I needed reminding too, so Mum’s story was perfect timing! Cher xo

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  7. November 19, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    Wow, I honor the honesty of your mom. I think I may have reacted similarly. I thank her so very much for sharing this story. It touched my heart.

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  8. November 19, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    So the apple definitely didn’t fall far from the tree! Beautifully written reminder, and I can “see” the resemblance between you and your mom – you’re both amazing, talented, and compassionate souls!

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    • November 19, 2017 at 2:56 pm

      Ah, bless you, dear Traci! How extremely thoughtful and kind of you to say. I learn so much from my Mum, and she continues to teach me how important it is to always help others and show compassion. For her to write about her experience and ‘know’ that she would do it differently next time is humbling to me. Thank YOU, my dear, and might I add it is wonderful to see you!! *sending tons of light and energy* Cher xo

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