Tap Tap Tap

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My friend Ken shared this story of his five-year-old great-niece Eloise:

The occasion was the funeral of Ken’s elderly mother (Eloise’s great-grandmother). As the family made their way to the front of the church, there was a bit of concern as to how Eloise would react to the solemn service.

Once seated, one of Eloise’s other great-uncles turned around and sweetly told her, “Listen, honey. If at some point during the service you feel as though you’ve had enough, just tap me on the shoulder and say you’re ready to go, and I’ll take you out. OK?”

Eloise, precocious for her age, solemnly nodded her understanding of his offer.

A few minutes later, the organist began playing the first hymn. The great-uncle felt a tap-tap-tap on his shoulder, and Eloise announced, “I’m ready.”

“I’m ready.” What a strong and definitive statement. I’m ready so let’s get going! Oh, how many instances in conversations with myself do I waffle about completing something?

Tomorrow. Or maybe next week. What the heck; February is half over already? Well, the first of next month for sure. Just as soon as I get that other project done, I’ll work on this one. Really. I mean it.

Currently, I have a project that has a deadline. I’ve been working on it for, well, a long time. I’m still piddling around, not making much headway. And it’s what I term a “happy” project so it’s not as if I’m dreading the work.

After some soul searching, here’s what is holding me up: I’m at the point where I need to ask other people for some help, for guidance. Why do I dread asking for help? I’m positive that the people will say yes. And if they say no, it will be because they know someone else who is better equipped to help, and I’ll get a referral.

I often help other people, so I know how good it feels just to be asked to share expertise and it feels even better to provide help. So what’s the deal?

Eloise, you’ve inspired me. I’m ready. I’m ready to make those phone calls asking for help.

Yes, I’m ready. Tap-Tap-Tap


A wonderful story of a man who was ready to take action


3 thoughts on “Tap Tap Tap

  1. Bill Thatcher says:

    Jeremiah 33:3 reminds us: Call on me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. One of my very most favorite Bible verses, and I use it all the time. The One who knowest everything is beside us all of the time, all of the way. Call on Him.

  2. Beverly A. Henderson says:

    I liked the short video of Doc Morris Christmas. It reminded me of my good friend, Nancy, who is a wonderful seamstress (among other things). My husband and I are soon going to be Great Grandparents for the second time in 7 months. Nancy makes beautiful quilts, memory bears, etc. and she told me she would be glad to make some baby sheets for the new baby. She had a recent health issue so I was hesitant about asking her to make the sheets. But when I did, she was more than happy to do so. I gave her the material one afternoon, and the next morning she called and told me they were finished. When I went to pick them up, she said, “I don’t know what I would have done (through this long pandemic and being shut-in) if I wouldn’t have had my sewing projects. ” So, yes, she is taking care of what matters in life to her. I’m blessed to have such a friend.

  3. Judith Jones says:

    Dearest Norma,
    JUST DO IT!!!!!!!!!!
    Love and HUGS,

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