Keeping It Fresh


Getting a new perspective is sometimes uncomfortable, but always fun.  And finding a new perspective can be as easy as leaning in a different direction. Such was the case for me on New Year’s Eve. Just by leaning back in my chair…..okay, bar stool….I was able to notice something that, at first, appeared out of place:  a young lady diligently sewing among the New Year’s Eve revelers. It turned out to be a tiny girl with a big heart.

With her parent’s permission, I’d like you to meet nine year old Olivia Rademacher. She is a student at St. Columban School in Loveland, Ohio. But she wasn’t doing a school project, rather she is continuing a project of love taught to her by her Grandma….sewing heart shaped pillows for children battling illness.  Ronald McDonald House Charities is Olivia’s benefactor, and let me tell you, they are lucky to have such a wonderful spirit in their corner.

Now, sewing is not a skill I possess (please note this as an understatement). But Olivia told me not to be discouraged….there are other ways to help. The RMHC also needs blankets, books, games and puzzles for the kids.  That, I can do.  As a matter of fact, I’m going to challenge myself to have a fresh perspective on the things I have….not just situations.  What I mean is, are all these possessions gathering dust around the house really necessary? Is there a highest and best use (to use my real estate lingo) for these things that may be more beneficial to others? I’m going to find out.

As we head into a new year with high hopes for a better tomorrow, take a few minutes to get a fresh perspective.  Lean back, relax and look with your heart instead of your eyes.  Look at the child receiving the pillow, at the joy Olivia has in giving to others, and at the Grandma who’s lesson of love empowered a young girl and a project of kindness. From that perspective, anyone can imagine the many lives touched or even changed completely.  From that perspective, only you can imagine how you can have as meaningful an impact as 9 year old Olivia.  Oh yeah, and she can really shake it on the dance floor!