Sunday Thought For The Day

by Lance Ekum on · 16 comments

Peanut Butter Cup Heart
Creative Commons License photo credit: Bob.Fornal

“A good exercise for the heart is bending down and helping someone to get up.” ~ Proverb

Lance writes stories from his heart, aiming to inspire and motivate, as you align more fully with YOUR true peak. When he's not here, you can find him hanging out with his family, riding a bike, or just generally acting goofy.   Sign up for the Thoughts from the Treehouse newsletter and get additional inspiration in your email inbox!
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Leanne Magraith July 20, 2008 at 2:46 am

A great quote Lance. It is so rewarding to help others. Who knows when we may need help ourselves. I used to think that I had to do something significant or I wasn’t really making a difference but it is the little things that go a long way too.


Ricardo Bueno July 20, 2008 at 3:43 am

A simple smile and “hello” often goes a long way. You know, when you’re just strolling on by and you just nod at someone.. Some people look at me like I’m crazy. But then, every once in a while, someone smiles back. For that split second…you just brought a smile to someone.


Lanceman July 20, 2008 at 4:17 am

@Leanne – Right on, it’s sometimes the little things that make a big difference!

@Ricardo – Great point! And one I’m going to working on practicing more now. I’ll say that it brings a smile to my face when a stranger smiles and says hello to me. Thanks for sharing that here!


Cath Lawson July 20, 2008 at 8:22 am

Lance – what a brilliant proverb and so true. That cup cake is making me immensely hungry though.


Annette July 20, 2008 at 8:38 am

so true! What a difference we can make in someone’s day or that someone can make in our day by a little love 🙂


Marelisa July 20, 2008 at 1:39 pm

This is a great point: instead of just focusing on going to the gym and doing cardio to keep our hearts healthy and in good shape, we should also concentrate on getting a good heart workout by helping others.


Meribeth July 20, 2008 at 6:16 pm

How sad that I noticed the chocolate before the proverb! What a great message!!


Bamboo Forest July 20, 2008 at 6:39 pm

Lending a helping hand is good for the soul. Not just for the soul of the one we’re helping, but for our own soul as well.


Lanceman July 20, 2008 at 7:53 pm

@Cath – It is brilliant isn’t it! But, yes, the picture makes me hungry too. But then I have a thing for chocolate!

@Annette – We sure can make a difference – but I know that sometimes I get too caught up in “me” and so this is a good reminder to think of others more often.

@Marelisa – Yes! I like that analogy you used with the gym. We need to work our heart in more ways that one.

@Meribeth – Well…I have a special fondness to chocolate too – so that’s ok! You did see the proverb eventually!!

@Bamboo Forest – Great point – it’s so good for the soul (for us and those we help).


Linda Abbit July 20, 2008 at 10:56 pm

Dear Lance,

Beautiful thought, beautiful photo!

You & I think mucho alike. 🙂


Vered July 20, 2008 at 11:55 pm


The older I get, the more I value kindness.


Barbara Swafford July 21, 2008 at 1:59 am

Hi Lance,

Great quote!

Often we are so concerned about ourselves we don’t make time to help others in need. This is a good reminder that by helping others, we are actually growing as individuals.


MizFit July 21, 2008 at 7:45 am

so true.

it took me years to realize how much I was doing for MYSELF when I volunteered.


Lanceman July 21, 2008 at 9:49 am

@Linda – Thanks, I really liked this one too! Should I say that great minds think alike???

@Vered – Thanks for stopping by. I agree that the older I get, the more I value this as well.

@Barbara Swafford – You’ve said this so well. And, usually when we help other, we’re really helping ourselves as well (helping our souls).

@MizFit – That sure is true. Doing the little things we do day after day might not seem like much, but it sure adds up after a while. And, this goes for both the good things we do and the bad things we do. The key is to consciously try to do the right things (sometimes I certainly don’t).


rebecca July 22, 2008 at 8:36 pm

nothing proves more beneficial for the heart than helping others… i always find that when we shift the focus from ourselves, it does wonders for our soul.


Lanceman July 26, 2008 at 9:11 pm

Rebecca, that sure is true isn’t it!


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