what if...

January 12, 2012

what if, instead of reacting...we stopped and took a deep breath
what if, instead of losing our patience... we didn't
what if, instead of leaving a nasty comment.... we decided to encourage 5 people that day
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what if, instead of rolling our eyes or letting ourselves turn cold as ice, we made the first move...and initiated something good

what if, instead of using the past as ammunition, we forgot...moved on and forgave.
what if, instead of buying those new shoes, we bought the homeless man lunch
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what if, instead of screening the call, we took it
or what if instead of being furious....we were kind.
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the world would be better.

we would be better versions of ourselves.

what if, instead of seeing heartache as punishment....we saw it as a blessing.

what if.
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boot c/o: blowfish
cards c/o: julie ann art

75 comments:

  1. i agree with all of this. working on all of these things...it's so damn hard. i wonder why it's so hard?

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  2. Amazing food for thought. Yes, what if...
    xoxo, Amy

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  3. refreshing. love where your heart is.

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  4. lovely thoughts on a rainy morn.
    thank you!
    roselle

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  5. Love this. Really great reminder, especially with starting afresh in a new year!:)

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  6. What a great and simple post. I teach at our wednesday night children's ministry at our church. There is a girl in my class that is a class clown and is getting into trouble the whole time. I feel like I have to get onto her constantly and it wears me out by the end of class. After class last night I was praying on my way home and I felt so awful. There is a reason why she acts like that. What is her home life like? Makes me think of this post. This girl needs love... not judgement or scorning.

    Great post! Thanks so much Casey!

    meheartisyoursblog.com

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  7. I love this post- especially buying the homeless person lunch. I used to be so judgmental and wonder how they got themselves into that situation. Now I know God didn't create me to judge them. He created me to love them.

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  8. what if...everyone thought like you do? Well, the world would be WAY, way more peaceful!

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  9. love this and beautifully said casey!

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  10. Beautiful! Just what I needed on this snowy morning.

    Sam

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  11. This gave me chills! Thank you for your positive outlook, Casey. You are changing lives one post at a time! Keep it up! God bless. xo

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  12. love this post so much!! i agree 100%. even though sometimes it's hard. the world would be such a better place! :)

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  13. so true, friend! Thanks for the encouragement!

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  14. what a beautiful and inspirational post casey! love!

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  15. thank you for the phone. My day is better b/c of your what if...

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  16. Your posts always make me smile a little brighter.

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  17. I find myself thinking thoughts like these many times... I wish I was actually better at putting those thoughts into actions. Something to work on!

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  18. Love this post. God always knows the lessons he wants us to learn and this was mine today. thank you for that :)

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  19. love your words Casey! always so real. thank you! :]

    xo
    Julie Ann

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  20. This so got me.

    Yesterday, Truitt threw a tantrum about something. I dont even remember now what it was. But it was a normal toddler tantrum. And i just snapped at him. And immediately felt bad afterwards. Sometimes I lose my patience with him wayyyy too quickly.

    Its funny how different things could be if we would react differently in situations. Think before we actually do.

    you have a beautiful heart and are so inspirational.

    You have taught me to appreciate this time that I have with Truitt a little more.

    thankyou!

    -Jessica Howard
    www.simplylovelyjhoward.blogspot.com

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  21. Amzing post--really love it!
    Lots of these, in some shape and form, are on my list of new years resolution--lets hope I keep them up!

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  22. I love this.. you nailed it. funy that you mention it cause I've actually been working on this.

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  23. You have such a beautiful heart. Great post!

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  24. Very inspiring Casey. This post is awesome!

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  25. Love this. I'm cynical by nature but I am trying to change my way of thinking. This is refreshing!

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  26. I needed to read this today! I have a 5 month old with sever acid reflux and dairy and soy protein intolerances and now we have added on teething.

    Thank you!

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  27. great, thought provoking post!

    also, i just ordered THE perfect valentines day card form husband from julie an art. i cant wait to give it to him.

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  28. "instead of seeing heartache as punishment....we saw it as a blessing"... I needed this perspective today... thanks for sharing!
    xo

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  29. "instead of seeing heartache as punishment....we saw it as a blessing"... I needed this perspective today... thanks for sharing!
    xo

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  30. wow. makes you think.
    inspiring.
    thank you casey.

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  31. I LOVE THIS! All of this is exactly what I try to get across with my Knit Together By Love ministry (http://daniellesque.blogspot.com/p/knit-together-by-love.html). I don't mean to drop advertisement for it, I posted that link truly JUST if you want more info on it, since this post is so much in line with choosing LOVE over self. This post really warms my heart! Thanks for sharing! I will probably link back to it with my post tomorrow if that's okay! :)

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  32. you've got such a big heart, love.

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  33. Casey... I have been following you for quite sometime now. I have never commented but these words for some reason touched home. Just wanted to say thank you for sharing. Much love. xxoo. Tarynn.

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  34. Casey...

    I have been following your blog for quite sometime now & have never commented but these words touched home. Just wanted to say THANK YOU.

    Much love. xxoo. Tarynn

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  35. Beautiful as is its writer. Lovely lovely post and just what my heart needed.

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  36. A beautiful post by a lovely writer. This is just what my heart needed today.

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  37. this is probably my favorite post ever. <3

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  38. you are so beautiful! i really needed to hear all of this!
    xo TJ

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  39. this is beautiful!!! I seriously needed this today. I am having surgery tomorrow and this just hit home. Just the encouragement I needed. thank you :) :)

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  40. This was beautiful. Truer words have never been spoken.

    Well...written.

    katelyn-innervision.blogspot.com

    - Katelyn

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  41. This is truly an amazing post.

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  42. Truly beautiful post, Casey! Thank you for sharing

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  43. needed this today <3 love you, gorgeous friend xo

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  44. Thank you. Your lovely spirit and kind heart is truly inspirational.

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  45. The world would definitely be a better place to live in.
    . . . if we all do our part! :) :)
    Love, Leigh

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  46. This will be on my mind today. I hope to live some of the 'what ifs'.

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  47. Ur words touch my heart, every single time I read them <3 U R A BEAUTIFUL SOUL Casey <3 xox

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  48. Your heart is beautiful :)

    What if you touched my soul today. Oh wait. You did.

    Thank you.

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  49. Oh Casey! You are always filling me with so many positive thoughts! Thanks for this post friend!

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  50. my what if...

    what if I dared to dream more and helped the dreams of my husband and children come true this year?

    thanks for the nudge to dare to believe I could do something...different.

    :)

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  51. Casey, you have such a beautiful heart. Keep on writing, forget them haters. ;] I really enjoy your blog!!!

    Jess

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  52. Love this. Thanks for the inspirational words. <3

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  53. I love this and want all of those cute cards.

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  54. you have a gift,,,thank you for sharing it.

    Brandie

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  55. you have a gift''''''thanks for sharing it.


    Brandie

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  56. I think this is my favorite post on the internet. Period.

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  57. as always...you.speak.to.my.heart.
    God bless you dear one.

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  58. wow! what if we remembered this post everyday & acted on it. I really love this!

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  59. Love what you have posted today! So true!
    Silvie
    xx

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  60. Thank you for always making me so warm and fuzzy inside.
    And encouraging me in the sweetest voice to be more than I am.

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  61. I'm very happy I came upon your blog and read this post. I needed it today. Thank you.

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  62. beautiful and simple post. i needed so badly to hear this today. i was catching up on your blog and saw it and realized these were the words i have been needing to hear all week. after getting rear-ended, having bad whiplash, getting frustrated with my husband, feeling bad for myself, wanting to give up, and feeling like everything was just piling on top of another.... this post touched my heart completely! thank you for the reminder that i can be a better version of myself. and there are so many things to be grateful for. and that by truly loving others, i can learn to in turn love myself.

    as always, such an inspiration!

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