Raise The Amazing In Your Everyday Places

Raise the Amazing plus a blog tour and link up roses image

Remember when the world was small and flat,

And it only held a few people?

You don’t?  I do.  I was there.

And all the people in that small flat world were there for the express purpose of making me happy.

That was my world when I was young,

before I found out that there were horizons I hadn’t crossed,

and mountains I hadn’t climbed,

and that there were people who weren’t put on this earth to create joy just for me and the other little people I knew.

It took me a long time to realize that I occupied only a small corner.  In fact, I think it took me longer than most to realize that.  I was oblivious to unhappiness of any kind for a long, long time.

And then, one Sunday morning when I was about ten, I found myself with a brand new doubt.  It was the first doubt I ever remember feeling that maybe, just maybe, I wasn’t altogether amazing.

That maybe I was only close to amazing.

Church on A Hill At the end of a road purple sky

My family attended a different church that summer Sunday morning.  My father had a sister who lived what is now an hour’s drive from where we lived.  At that time, though, it seemed like another world, one with dirt roads and a scary, rushing river to cross by ferry.

But that isn’t what gave me my doubts.  I was with my family, and I knew my aunt and uncle and their family.  It was all good.

I went to my cousin’s Sunday School, and loved it.  Her friends were my friends.  Why not?

In this little church, the Sunday School class stood up before the whole congregation, and each student recited a Bible Verse by memory.  Like Tom Sawyer, I had no idea that sometimes bad things happen when you don’t prepare properly.

I stood up without fear, and began to recite the Twenty-Third Psalm.  Not just the first verse, which would have let me sit down feeling amazing.  No.  I went for the whole green pastures and surely goodness and mercy, forever.

And surely, there was no mercy for me that morning.

I stumbled at verse 3.  The kind minister gave me a word and I went on.  By the fifth verse I was so scared that my memory failed.  But instead of sitting down, I continued to the end, repeating after the minister, line by agonizing line.

Raise Amazing in everyday places


Today I realize how fortunate I was not to have to go back to that church and face that Sunday School again.

Because now I know what happens to children who are so close to amazing, but only they know it.

The whole world, beyond your horizon, on the other side of your mountain – that world – it isn’t always so convinced that you’re amazing.

The most important thing I finally learned was that the ones who didn’t think I was amazing often didn’t feel amazing themselves, and weren’t always perfectly happy.  And once I knew that, I realized that everyone in the big world sometimes needs help to feel amazing.

Sometimes everyone needs to be assured that being so close to amazing is okay, and we all need to raise the amazing in each other.

The Everyday Amazing Group

A couple of months ago I was visiting Thistlewood Farms blog, a place I often visit because of the beautiful stories and pictures.  This blog belongs to Karianne Wood, and that day she was asking if any of us wanted to be in the launch group for her book, So Close To Amazing.

You can imagine how that title drew me, and I volunteered.  And she accepted me.  Wow.  I was so scared I would end up in a place where I would feel less than amazing.  I am so new at blogging, and still so unfamiliar with far horizons and tall mountains.

But when someone opens all her communications with “Hello, amazings,” and spreads so much joy with everything she does, you can’t help but begin to feel amazing.  Karianne is a champion at raising the amazing in everyday places, for everyone she meets.

Then, last week, she gave us three tips on spreading joy, which is the way to raise the realization that being so close to amazing is okay.

1. Stop the comparison game.

What keeps you from feeling amazing?  Or even so close to amazing?  Chances are it’s because of comparing yourself to someone you admire and coming up short.  The comparison game sabotages feelings of self-worth, and keeps you from even attempting things outside your comfort zone.  But even in your comfort zone, you need to feel that you are enough.  You are okay exactly the way you are, and you don’t have to accomplish many things perfectly.  Perfectly imperfect is enough.  God made you to be you, and that is good.  No more peering past the curtain at the neighbor and wanting what she’s got.  You have what you need to be amazing in your everyday place.

2. Do something for someone else.

There is nothing that can raise your amazing like doing something good for someone else.  Everyday you wake up feeling less than is the day to reach out to someone.  Make a casserole for a sick friend’s family; put a card in the mail to a lonely person; wave at your weary postman or smile at the grump in the checkout line at Target.

3.  The best way to your own joy is to put joy into the world.

When have you felt the most joy in your life?  A bubbling up of happiness that just has to boil over and spread around you?  How do you get that joy when it’s missing?

Follow the first two steps above, and then…

then you spread your feeling of enough to everyone in your everyday spaces.

Everyone deserves more joy.  The whole world needs more joy.

And some of that joy can come from you.  And then, because that’s how joy is,

it spreads to more people and more people.

And that’s kind of what we’re doing today with our blog posts, on this

So Close To Amazing Book Launch Blog Tour

To celebrate the release of Karianne Wood’s new book, So Close To Amazing, thirteen blogs are linking up their stories.  And we want each one of you to link up your story, too.

So follow the links and read all the amazing stories, then click the link below to link yours.

Blogs on The Tour

Botanic Bleu
Thistlewood Farms
My Creative Days
Little House Simple Living
A Fresh-Squeezed Life
nourish and nestle
bluesky kitchen
Noting Grace
Not Just Paper and Paint
Sondra Lyn at Home
Evey’s Creations



  1. Mary

    Dorothy that was a great story. I think when we are little we feel kind of invincible. But then the teenage years kick in and it is chaos from there. But with this wonderful lady supporting us all we have been able to get back on the horse and feel like we did when we were children. Her three tips are so so true and I try to live by them ever day.

  2. Katherines Corner

    Hello Dorothy, what a lovely story. We are so brave when we are young. I know that feeling too. Thank you so much for hosting the link up for KariAnne. She and I have been friends for years and I am enjoying getting to know everyone too. Biggest hugs of gratitude. Katherine P.S. I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blogand shop

    1. Dorothy

      Since this is the first time doing this sort of thing, I have some of the same feelings as in my story. Please, tell me the lines, and I’ll follow along! Thanks for visiting.

  3. Lisa

    I love your story! You are so right about those who feel less than amazing themselves. We all need to think about this more often.

    So happy to have gotten to share this launch team experience with you and so many other amazings.

    1. Dorothy

      Hi, Lisa. Honored to have you visit here!
      Yes, this launch has taken me to new places. When I don’t feel dizzy, I feel awed. LOL.

  4. Carol@BlueskyKitchen

    Dorothy, what a beautiful story. I’m impressed that you stood up in that Sunday school class and made the effort to recite a Bible verse – such a long one at that. You could have said you were just visiting. That’s why you were amazing then as a 10-year-old and you’re still amazing. Thanks for sharing your memory and your thoughts.

    1. Dorothy

      Haha. Oh, yes, there were many things I could have done instead of embarrass myself, but that seems to be one of my talents. Isn’t that why I need this book! The reminder that God accepts us, flaws and all. Thanks for visiting.

  5. Michele @ Thistledown Domestic Creations

    This is such a beautiful post! I’m so excited to be a part of it! I really hope this group keeps in touch once the book gets released! I’ve really enjoyed visiting with everyone each day!

    1. Dorothy

      Thanks for sharing. I know, we need to keep our Amazings together, don’t we?

      1. Michele @ Thistledown Domestic Creations


  6. Deborah

    I love this post! Such a great reminder to spread happiness and joy. And I love having the three steps jotted down. Over the last few years I’ve seen how much gratitude and giving blesses not only others, but me. And it helps me kick my focus off of myself.

    So fun to be part of the tour with you!

    1. Dorothy

      I need many reminders of this. It’s so easy to be in a place of protecting myself. Thanks for stopping by. I am enjoying this group a lot.

  7. Wendy Walker

    What a beautiful story! I’m so blessed to be in this journey with you and KariAnne’s book launch team. Your words are so encouraging and what a great feeling it is to find joy when we share in other people’s AmAzings!!

    1. Dorothy

      Thank you for visiting. Yes, this tour is fun. Thanks to Karianne and her amazing book.

  8. Stacey

    I love what you wrote here!

    1. Dorothy

      Thanks. It was fun to write, and Karianne made it easy with her little sermon to us on Friday. 😉

  9. Jen @ Noting Grace

    Dorothy – I love how you share your beautiful heart. It has been wonderful getting to know you better these past few weeks and I’m honored to be a part of this blog tour with you!

    1. Dorothy

      This has been a lot of fun, hasn’t it? The sharing of lives and prayers and happinesses on the launch group has been a blessing. Keep blogging!

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  12. KariAnne Wood

    Thank you SO much sweet friend for all your encouragement.
    I’m so happy that you are along on this journey because it makes it all the better.
    Happiest of days to you rock star.

    1. Dorothy

      Thank you for taking me along on this journey.
      Having a book published is tremendously exciting, but kind of scary. It’s like letting just anyone hold your precious firstborn. I’m so glad you did. Keep writing!

  13. Lindsay Eidahl

    WOW! You are so brave! I don’t know if I could have done it! The group is so amazing and I am so glad to be a part of it with you!

    1. Dorothy

      Hmm, see below! I obviously couldn’t do it, either!
      I’ve enjoyed getting to know you, and your lovely blog. Thanks for being a friend.

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  15. laura {not a trophy wife}

    HI Kim
    Love this post! It’s a great reminder for every day!!!! laura

    1. Dorothy

      Thanks, you’re sweet.
      Have fun with the blog tour!

  16. Botanic Bleu

    You were so brave to stand up and recite from memory a Bible verse in a different church! I’m not sure I would have even had the courage to try to recite before a group of strangers.

    Love being on the blog tour with you!


    1. Dorothy

      Hmmm, brave? I told you I hadn’t been out much… I didn’t know enough to be scared. LOL.
      I’ve enjoyed getting to know Karianne fans, and I love your blog. Dorothy

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