One of America’s most famous educators was Alice Freeman Palmer, known as the “ambassador of sunshine.” Once, when she was conducting a round table discussion, she was asked to reveal the secret of her cheerfulness.
“I will give you three simple rules,” she replied.
“First: Commit something to memory every day–something good. It need not be much–just a pretty bit of poem, or a motto.”
“Second: Look for something fine every day. And do not miss a single day, or it will not work.”
“Third: Do something for somebody else every day–every day!”
“This is all that is necessary.”
Fifteen years ago, three sisters developed a print newsletter called “Crosswinds” that started with thirty copies sent to friends and family. Crosswinds was a free Christian encouragement newsletter with a mission: to provide an outlet for people to touch and encourage others through the love of Jesus Christ. We found that we weren’t just encouraging others, they were encouraging us.
The newsletter finally came to an end two years later with a readership of more than 300 from around the United States and Canada. Life, as usual, had gotten busy and mailings were expensive. It was time to move on to another adventure.
With changes in technology and children who have now grown into adults, we’ve decided to start anew. A Brief Pause is designed to remind us that sometimes we need to slow down to recognize and enjoy gifts that appear in our lives every day. Here you will find thoughts, poetry, stories, photos and challenges for visitors to ponder.
Please feel free to share your comments and to send us your writings so we can add them. You never know who you will inspire.