Peace family, has anything exciting happened to you lately? If not, are you ready to make things more exciting?
I’ve been extremely excited this week. One of my favorite things about being alive is the feeling of having something good to look forward to, and I usually get the most excited when I discover ways to surprise or encourage other people. Earlier this week, I heard about a “honky-tonk” in Tokyo, Japan, that is completely Texas-themed. Years ago, a Japanese husband and wife team fell in love with Texas culture, so much that they converted their Ramen noodle shop, and now they serve (mostly) Tex-Mex foods (there are a few slightly different items, including “taco salad” over rice) and teach Texas-style line dancing to hundreds of Japanese clients! They love country music, Western clothing, and horses, and they fly to Texas once a year to buy the spices needed to make their own barbecue sauce! That’s some real love.
When I read about what they are doing and saw their photos, I decided that they could use some more Texan decorations, and I cannot tell you how much fun I am having by putting together a care package with Texas-themed treats, including my old Texas license plate with an oil rig and cowboy on it! When I sent the owner an email asking for their correct address, he told me that he would cherish it. Even though in the grand scheme of things, Texas decorations are a silly gift to give, it is bringing me so much joy just to imagine how much it will mean to them to receive such things that they would have no possible way of getting on their own. I can’t wait to send them a letter and tell them, “May God bless you, and God bless Texas!”
Peace family, what is something you can do that will make someone else’s day? What is something loving that might mean the world to someone else, whether it’s hard or easy for you to do? I want to challenge you to think of something kind, plan, and do it! It doesn’t have to be big, and it doesn’t have to be impressive; it just needs to be meaningful to the person that you design it for. I think you will find that it makes your own life more joyful and exciting! Anyway, just a few thoughts from your friendly, neighborhood Kat.