Monday, March 30, 2009

Titus 2 Tuesday - See The Good

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What have learned from another woman this week? (or ever)

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Today I am sharing my Grandmother with you. She was an amazing woman who lived to be 100 years old and was a shining example my entire life of finding the good in just about everyone.

Growing up, I could not remember anyone who she EVER said anything negative about. She was widowed three times in her life. When she would think back on my grandfather she would say, "He was a peach of a fellow..." while her entire face lit up emitting the warmth of the love felt within.

Evidently her second husband wasn't such a "peach." He had sold himself as a wonderful man to my grandmother and the family until after the vows were exchanged; but apparently changed dramatically as her husband and a father. But I don't recall ever even having the slightest inclination that he was selfish, demanding and mean to my father and aunts until my dad mentioned it to me when I was older.

It wasn't that she was lying to herself about people; she was just sure that there was good in everyone - pure gold that simply needed to be sought and found. And when she found the slightest sparkle within you; you wanted with everything inside of you to prove her right. She had a rare and beautiful gift of seeing the positive and drawing it out. You walked away a better person just for having met her.

Thankfully, her third husband was a rare gem who adored her and did all that he could to make her happy. Sadly, it ended up being the shortest of her unions, but possibly the sweetest.

Too often we don't take the time to look past a glaringly negative trait or life choices. My grandmother never sat me down and told me that I should look for the good in others or that "if you don't have anything nice to say, you don't say anything at all..." The way she lived, full of love and grace, wrote that truth deep inside my heart.

I can still hear her say, "...and I love you!" to me. I never questioned her love. I never had need. I knew no matter if I made a bad choice here or there that she would still find my good and somehow, that made it all the more important to me to choose well. Never underestimate the power of unconditional love and seeing the good in others...

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10 comments:

Mr. Daddy said...

my grandmother lived to be 94, and I have many of the same memorys. Is it just something that comes with age. Or just strenght of character that came from their era?? Hopefully I will age half that well....

wife.mom.nurse said...

What a wonderful tribute to your precious grandmother!

Gretchen said...

Thank you for sharing your sweet relationship and the lessons within.

rhemashope said...

I love how you wrote that her life wrote truth on your heart. She has left you a precious memory and legacy.

Pam D said...

What a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman. I know she's smiling right now as she realizes that you "get it"; she lived the lesson rather than just trying to teach it. How wonderful that you could draw wisdom from her well for such a long time... THAT is a true blessing!

Leslie said...

Awww, how sweet!!! I miss my grandmother.. she passed away last year at a young 74! I loved this post, thank you.

Ryan Ashley Scott said...

That's so sweet. She must have been a wonderful grandmother. This was a very nice post... makes me want to call my Grandmas.

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Aren't grandmothers wonderful!! What a great example she was to you! And taught you lessons that I'm sure you'll pass on down for generations as well! I know that I have learned many lessons from my grandmothers and from my Hubby's as well. Wonderful post! :)

KATE said...

Ah, this is such a wonderful post about your grandmother. I love grandmother posts. What a great quality to have - to see the good that exists in everyone rather than trying to tear them down. Wise lady.

Robin said...

A beautiful tribute to your grandmother (and all women who see the good in all).