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what if…

what if, instead of reacting…we stopped and took a deep breath
what if, instead of losing our patience… we didn’t
what if, instead of leaving a nasty comment…. we decided to encourage 5 people that day
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what if, instead of rolling our eyes or letting ourselves turn cold as ice, we made the first move…and initiated something good

what if, instead of using the past as ammunition, we forgot…moved on and forgave.
what if, instead of buying those new shoes, we bought the homeless man lunch
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what if, instead of screening the call, we took it
or what if instead of being furious….we were kind.
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the world would be better.

we would be better versions of ourselves.

what if, instead of seeing heartache as punishment….we saw it as a blessing.

what if.
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  1. Nicole

    January 12th, 2012 at 1:41 pm

    You are so beatuiful.

  2. the Momma Bird

    January 12th, 2012 at 1:44 pm

    always love your heart Casey.

  3. Brit

    January 12th, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    i agree with all of this. working on all of these things…it's so damn hard. i wonder why it's so hard?

  4. Amelia Bedelia

    January 12th, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Amazing food for thought. Yes, what if…
    xoxo, Amy

  5. Kristal

    January 12th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    refreshing. love where your heart is.

  6. Lisa

    January 12th, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    soo beautiful!!! love it

  7. Roselle

    January 12th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    lovely thoughts on a rainy morn.
    thank you!
    roselle

  8. kimi

    January 12th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    so very true. amazing!
    kimi

  9. Anonymous

    January 12th, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Love this. Really great reminder, especially with starting afresh in a new year!:)

  10. Jill @myheartisyoursblog

    January 12th, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    What a great and simple post. I teach at our wednesday night children's ministry at our church. There is a girl in my class that is a class clown and is getting into trouble the whole time. I feel like I have to get onto her constantly and it wears me out by the end of class. After class last night I was praying on my way home and I felt so awful. There is a reason why she acts like that. What is her home life like? Makes me think of this post. This girl needs love… not judgement or scorning.

    Great post! Thanks so much Casey!

    meheartisyoursblog.com

  11. Kodi

    January 12th, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    I love this post- especially buying the homeless person lunch. I used to be so judgmental and wonder how they got themselves into that situation. Now I know God didn't create me to judge them. He created me to love them.

  12. Cindy

    January 12th, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    what if…everyone thought like you do? Well, the world would be WAY, way more peaceful!

  13. The Vintage Modern Wife

    January 12th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Wonderfully said πŸ™‚

  14. Amy H.

    January 12th, 2012 at 2:40 pm

    love this and beautifully said casey!

  15. Samantha

    January 12th, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    Beautiful! Just what I needed on this snowy morning.

    Sam

  16. BethAnn

    January 12th, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    This gave me chills! Thank you for your positive outlook, Casey. You are changing lives one post at a time! Keep it up! God bless. xo

  17. The Duty's

    January 12th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    love this post so much!! i agree 100%. even though sometimes it's hard. the world would be such a better place! πŸ™‚

  18. theolivetree

    January 12th, 2012 at 3:10 pm

    so true, friend! Thanks for the encouragement!

  19. Sandy a la Mode

    January 12th, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    what a beautiful and inspirational post casey! love!

  20. jEsSa

    January 12th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    thank you for the phone. My day is better b/c of your what if…

  21. Stephanie

    January 12th, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    Your posts always make me smile a little brighter.

  22. Kassie

    January 12th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    I find myself thinking thoughts like these many times… I wish I was actually better at putting those thoughts into actions. Something to work on!

  23. ilene @ muchloveilly

    January 12th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

    touching post! love this!

  24. Kate

    January 12th, 2012 at 4:02 pm

    Love this post. God always knows the lessons he wants us to learn and this was mine today. thank you for that πŸ™‚

  25. Julie Ann

    January 12th, 2012 at 4:08 pm

    love your words Casey! always so real. thank you! :]

    xo
    Julie Ann

  26. jhoward_120509

    January 12th, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    This so got me.

    Yesterday, Truitt threw a tantrum about something. I dont even remember now what it was. But it was a normal toddler tantrum. And i just snapped at him. And immediately felt bad afterwards. Sometimes I lose my patience with him wayyyy too quickly.

    Its funny how different things could be if we would react differently in situations. Think before we actually do.

    you have a beautiful heart and are so inspirational.

    You have taught me to appreciate this time that I have with Truitt a little more.

    thankyou!

    -Jessica Howard
    http://www.simplylovelyjhoward.blogspot.com

  27. The Cantelmo Family

    January 12th, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    So true!! πŸ™‚

  28. Lottie

    January 12th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Amzing post–really love it!
    Lots of these, in some shape and form, are on my list of new years resolution–lets hope I keep them up!

  29. Kar-N

    January 12th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    I love this.. you nailed it. funy that you mention it cause I've actually been working on this.

  30. Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve.

    January 12th, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    You have such a beautiful heart. Great post!

  31. Anonymous

    January 12th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    Very inspiring Casey. This post is awesome!

  32. Traci

    January 12th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Love this. I'm cynical by nature but I am trying to change my way of thinking. This is refreshing!

  33. Megan

    January 12th, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I needed to read this today! I have a 5 month old with sever acid reflux and dairy and soy protein intolerances and now we have added on teething.

    Thank you!

  34. Elizabeth Benfield

    January 12th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    great, thought provoking post!

    also, i just ordered THE perfect valentines day card form husband from julie an art. i cant wait to give it to him.

  35. Lisa

    January 12th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    "instead of seeing heartache as punishment….we saw it as a blessing"… I needed this perspective today… thanks for sharing!
    xo

  36. Lisa

    January 12th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    "instead of seeing heartache as punishment….we saw it as a blessing"… I needed this perspective today… thanks for sharing!
    xo

  37. Ashlee

    January 12th, 2012 at 5:57 pm

    This was lovely πŸ™‚

  38. The Sugar Mountain

    January 12th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    it would for sure be a better place!

  39. Redheaded Daybook

    January 12th, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    wow. makes you think.
    inspiring.
    thank you casey.

  40. Danielle

    January 12th, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I LOVE THIS! All of this is exactly what I try to get across with my Knit Together By Love ministry (http://daniellesque.blogspot.com/p/knit-together-by-love.html). I don't mean to drop advertisement for it, I posted that link truly JUST if you want more info on it, since this post is so much in line with choosing LOVE over self. This post really warms my heart! Thanks for sharing! I will probably link back to it with my post tomorrow if that's okay! πŸ™‚

  41. Anonymous

    January 12th, 2012 at 6:18 pm

    I love it. <3

  42. aislin

    January 12th, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    you've got such a big heart, love.

  43. tarynn

    January 12th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

    Casey… I have been following you for quite sometime now. I have never commented but these words for some reason touched home. Just wanted to say thank you for sharing. Much love. xxoo. Tarynn.

  44. tarynn

    January 12th, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Casey…

    I have been following your blog for quite sometime now & have never commented but these words touched home. Just wanted to say THANK YOU.

    Much love. xxoo. Tarynn

  45. Talia

    January 12th, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    Beautiful as is its writer. Lovely lovely post and just what my heart needed.

  46. Talia

    January 12th, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    A beautiful post by a lovely writer. This is just what my heart needed today.

  47. Sarah

    January 12th, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    this is probably my favorite post ever. <3

  48. Mr. Taylor and his Lady

    January 12th, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    you are so beautiful! i really needed to hear all of this!
    xo TJ

  49. Lindsay

    January 12th, 2012 at 7:24 pm

    this is beautiful!!! I seriously needed this today. I am having surgery tomorrow and this just hit home. Just the encouragement I needed. thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  50. Katelyn Rattray

    January 12th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    This was beautiful. Truer words have never been spoken.

    Well…written.

    katelyn-innervision.blogspot.com

    – Katelyn

  51. Chrissy

    January 12th, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    This is truly an amazing post.

  52. Emma

    January 12th, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    πŸ™‚

  53. Anonymous

    January 12th, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    Love this!

  54. Amanda

    January 12th, 2012 at 8:36 pm

    Truly beautiful post, Casey! Thank you for sharing

  55. Heather

    January 12th, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    needed this today <3 love you, gorgeous friend xo

  56. Anonymous

    January 12th, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you. Your lovely spirit and kind heart is truly inspirational.

  57. Leigh

    January 12th, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    The world would definitely be a better place to live in.
    . . . if we all do our part! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Love, Leigh

  58. Bettina

    January 12th, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    This will be on my mind today. I hope to live some of the 'what ifs'.

  59. Delphine Rivière

    January 12th, 2012 at 9:41 pm

    Ur words touch my heart, every single time I read them <3 U R A BEAUTIFUL SOUL Casey <3 xox

  60. Erin

    January 12th, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Your heart is beautiful πŸ™‚

    What if you touched my soul today. Oh wait. You did.

    Thank you.

  61. ThisLittleMomma

    January 12th, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Oh Casey! You are always filling me with so many positive thoughts! Thanks for this post friend!

  62. Anonymous

    January 12th, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    my what if…

    what if I dared to dream more and helped the dreams of my husband and children come true this year?

    thanks for the nudge to dare to believe I could do something…different.

    πŸ™‚

  63. Anonymous

    January 12th, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Casey, you have such a beautiful heart. Keep on writing, forget them haters. ;] I really enjoy your blog!!!

    Jess

  64. Jos @ Organized Chaos

    January 12th, 2012 at 11:25 pm

    Love this. Thanks for the inspirational words. <3

  65. Tabitha Lynn

    January 12th, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I love this and want all of those cute cards.

  66. Our family

    January 12th, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    you have a gift,,,thank you for sharing it.

    Brandie

  67. Our family

    January 12th, 2012 at 11:54 pm

    you have a gift''''''thanks for sharing it.

    Brandie

  68. Kat

    January 13th, 2012 at 1:32 am

    I think this is my favorite post on the internet. Period.

  69. melody-mae

    January 13th, 2012 at 2:52 am

    as always…you.speak.to.my.heart.
    God bless you dear one.

  70. Erica!

    January 13th, 2012 at 4:20 am

    wow! what if we remembered this post everyday & acted on it. I really love this!

  71. Silvie Z

    January 13th, 2012 at 7:47 am

    Love what you have posted today! So true!
    Silvie
    xx

  72. Anonymous

    January 13th, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    Thank you for always making me so warm and fuzzy inside.
    And encouraging me in the sweetest voice to be more than I am.

  73. Vanessa {V.W. Photography}

    January 14th, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    Great post! I'm loving your blog!

  74. Melissa at bubbyandbean.com

    January 15th, 2012 at 7:03 am

    I'm very happy I came upon your blog and read this post. I needed it today. Thank you.

  75. Megan

    January 15th, 2012 at 7:38 am

    beautiful and simple post. i needed so badly to hear this today. i was catching up on your blog and saw it and realized these were the words i have been needing to hear all week. after getting rear-ended, having bad whiplash, getting frustrated with my husband, feeling bad for myself, wanting to give up, and feeling like everything was just piling on top of another…. this post touched my heart completely! thank you for the reminder that i can be a better version of myself. and there are so many things to be grateful for. and that by truly loving others, i can learn to in turn love myself.

    as always, such an inspiration!

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