Thought For The Day 12/28/11





Sure there’s no “I” in “team,” but there is a “ME”!

Author Unknown


I wish I knew who wrote the above quote I got from a wonderful website where I get nearly all the quotes I begin my blogs with, The Quote Garden ( Contained on this site are thousands upon thousands of quotes on every topic conceivable. Some are attributed to people of note and many more are of unknown origin but all of them are meaningful and impactful and all have certainly given “tooth” to the words I post in my blog. And yet, not until today, have I ever written a blog solely inspired by a quote I read, usually writing my post first then adding the quote as a lead in to the words I am putting to paper. That changed today with the above quote.


Having written hundreds of posts over the last 9 months, sometimes I think carrying and delivering a baby, which also takes 9 months, would be easier than it sometimes is for me to come up with an original idea that will spark a flame, not just within me but you all as well, and which, when put to paper….so to speak….will leave you thinking and hungering for more. And today, having written the words for my radio show for New Year’s Eve, my head was empty and I felt lost as to what to write as my thought. And then, nudged by that hand in the small of my back that seems to keep guiding me in the right direction I am destined to travel along my path of faith, I decided to look at quotes first. And the first one I read was the one above. And the lightening bolt struck!


How often do we sit alone and wonder just exactly what it is that we are bringing to others in our lives and the world around us! I know I often wonder that very thing, and I suspect most of us do….more often than we realize. (All except my husband who has been blessed with an extraordinary mindset that allows him to view life in the broadest sense. He laughingly observed that he is “…a big picture guy” once, when he went an entire week not realizing that I had changed my hair color to an entirely different shade. It, after all, really didn’t change the picture he carries in his mind of me, which seems to be the young 18-year-old I once was, with waist length blonde hair, and wearing a halter top and jeans! It was the ’70’s after all!)


Anyway, that is the most extraordinary thing about a group of people, or even a couple, who, when joined or are united together, comprise that miraculous thing referred to as a team. It is, after all, so much easier to accomplish things in our lives when we approach them in the company of another, rather than alone! We have known that since the earliest days of man, when the need to survive necessitated joining one with the other, to hunt for food, and most certainly, for companionship and to procreate. And it seems that most people find they simply feel better when they are bonded together with another as a couple to share life’s journey with!


And so, I ask each of you to be aware of those in your circle of friends or neighbors who may not have another to share their journey through life with. Offer them the hand of friendship and encouragement and let them know that you are there to help if they but ask. I guarantee that you have effected, by that single act, a miracle that has the capacity to change not just one life, but the world, as well!


Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:9–12


Copyright © 2011 “MandysPath” Ministry-ULC

About Mandy Bruscella

Mandy's Story: As a Registered Professional Nurse with Certification in a number of specialties including home care, I was afforded the opportunity of working closely with various Social Service Agencies in NY and NJ. ~ A lifelong Christian, I was ordained as a Presbyterian deacon in 1993 and, after relocating to SC in 2000, elected to become ordained as a non-denominational minister. ~ I established "MandysPath" Ministry in 2011. "MandysPath" Ministry is a member of Pacific Life Church, El Sobrante, CA, network of ministries. ~ I direct an outreach ministry in an alternative setting, providing spiritual care to a congregation of more than 500 people from around the world via the Internet. ~ As part of this outreach, I write a daily faith based blog. In March, 2012 I was asked to become a board member of Heroes For Children which is a non-profit foundation, established to assists the Guardian ad Litem program of Horry County, SC. Guardians ad Litem are a group of court appointed advocates who represent the best interests of children in Family Court proceedings involving allegations of abuse or neglect. Working closely with these men and women who make a difference in the lives of children, I completed training and have been sworn in to serve as a Guardian ad Litem for the state of South Carolina . ~ I have been married since 1975 to a wonderful man, Daniel. I have a son Daniel and his wife Melissa who live in NYC. My daughter Sabrina and my grandson Landon live here in SC. ~ My father Harold continues to share his wisdom with me and is responsible for many of the ideas I write about!

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