over50feeling40: For 1001 Times....
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Nov 24, 2013

For 1001 Times....

This is post #1001! I just happened to notice the number a couple of days ago!  So, I thought it would be appropriate to once again write about a favorite message wearing my favorite coat! 
 The little note above was actually left on my desk by a student the first week of school....(sorry, I accidentally covered the word SPARKLE, it is not SPARK).  I loved it so much, I have it taped in the front of my calendar book to remind me that my sparkle is not just for the holidays, but every day!
Never underestimate the power of encouragement.  A sweet note…a random text…a hand written letter…a kind word…go farther than any gift we can purchase.  When covering a blog story on Friday, I watched a woman walk slowly around a store.  You could see her sadness by the way she walked and the way she dressed.   I perceived a woman who desperately wants to look better, but approached each display with fear and lack of confidence.  She finally stopped and touched a bright purple shirt…lingering there for a moment.  All I did, was walk close by and say, “That color would look amazing on you.”  She looked up at me, “Yeah?”  I smiled and shook my head up and down.  It was as if sunlight came through the store and shined on her face.
I do not know if she bought the garment or not, but she was in need of encouragement more than anything.  As we go through this rushed time of year, let’s make sure we stop to see those who need just a kind word or two.  It’s the ultimate in gift giving.

"Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose."   - Helen Keller

Have a marvelous Monday everyone! Stay warm!  And make sure you visit the bloggers of Monday Mingle!  and the Verizon Fashionista Style Hop!


  1. What an amazing post, Pam, I love it.
    It is about the small things, the encouragement, a smile and a kind word that can make all the difference! Thank you for reminding us and I am happy you received the lovely note from your student.

    Annette | Lady of Style

  2. Pam, that's such a great reminder. It's the little kindnesses that can make someone's day. You look fantastic in that coat!!

  3. Hi Pam, those are truly your colors! You look fantastic in this--happy Thanksgiving! xoxo

  4. Congrats on #1001, Pam! And thanks for the reminder to keep the spark(le) alive. xo

  5. So very true. And it doesn't cost a dime. Who knows what the ripple effect is from a single act of kindness. Congrats on your milestone. I love your coat, too!!

  6. Great post Pam. You are right and you never know what that one little word of encouragement can do. Congrats on #1001! I love the coat too

  7. What a wonderful post, thanks for reminding us to encourage others. You were a Godsend to that woman. Love the boots. HAPPY THANKSGIVING.!!!!

  8. Pam you look beautiful in these colors and this outfit. It feels like your true style? I love what you did to bring some light into this woman's day. I've done this before too. Doesn't it make everyone feel better!

    blue hue wonderland

  9. Congrats on your 100th post and wishing you success for hundreds more! Thanks for inspiring and keep on!


  10. Great sentiment and so very true. Have a great day.

  11. Fabulous coat and boot and WONDERFUL You, dear Pam.
    I wish i could hug you one day.

  12. Congrats for you 1001 posts Pam
    You are right a kind word goes a long way sometimes
    I sometimes do that, pay a compliment to a perfect stranger -
    Best feeling in the world

    Have a great day


  13. So true - it's the littlest things that can make the biggest difference. I have no doubt you do that, every day, for your students and others.

  14. You are so right! Holding a door open for someone, saying a nice comment to some one, who doesn't like it?

  15. Dear Pam, your words probably meant the world to this woman. It takes so little to make another person feel worthy, special. Thank you for reminding us to do a small gesture every day (or more) to brighten someone's else's day.

    Art by Karena

  16. I loved this post...and needed it today as I felt my confidence and life sparkle wither a bit this morning. I will take a deep breath, hold my head up, and charge into this day...remembering to say a kind word to someone in my path. Thank you, Pam.
    Your coat is fabulous!

  17. I love you in that coat. Super cheerful, very flattering, and yes, we do need to remember to reach out this time of year.

  18. That coat is fantastic and your sparkle is never dull Pam!

  19. Oh Pam, nobody wears orange like you. Thanks for the reminder about the power of a compliment or a kind word. XO, Jill

  20. What a thoughtful note from your student. Congrats on 1001 and I hope you post at least 1001 more. Love the coat today. Your comment on providing inspiration and/or kindness to others is what I wish we all did all of the time. Thanks for the reminder that it takes so little and gives so much most of the time

  21. Wow! What a great note to start the new school year! Thanks for sharing it. And 1001 posts--that's an amazing accomplishment. Happy thanksgiving!

  22. Oh those boots! I wish I could wear longer boots. My thick calves get in the way of most of them. You look fabulous Pam! Happy Thanksgiving!


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