Day three of the thirty days of gratitude finds me with a heavy heart. Tonight, I went to the funeral home to offer support and comfort to my friend, Dina, whose 20-year-old son was killed in a house fire a few days ago. It is a tragedy that I cannot wrap my brain around, and watching my beautiful friend go through this unimaginable pain is heart wrenching. In the midst of the grief, though, there were tremendous displays of love, compassion, kindness, and even gratitude. In honor of Dina and her son, Tyler, here are three things I am grateful for today:
- My two daughters. Tonight, when I returned from the funeral home, I hugged each of my daughters tightly and wept as I did so. I shed tears for Dina who will not be able to hold Tyler again, and I shed tears of thanks for these two precious souls who have been entrusted to my care. I love them fiercely, and today, I gave thanks for their non-stop chatter, clutter, fingerprints on the door, and all of the other little things that sometimes annoy me. This harsh reminder that life can change in an instant made me grateful for every second I have had with my children.
- Being able to be there for my friend. I am fortunate to have incredible friends who have been there to celebrate the best of times with me and who have been shining lights in the darkness of my depression and anxiety. Dina is one of the brightest lights there is, and I am grateful that she has allowed me to be share in her grief right now. It is a true honor to be trusted with her vulnerability and pain, and I am grateful that I can be there for her now and in the uncertain days ahead. Thank you for sharing your journey with me, Dina.
- Ordinary moments that suddenly seem extraordinary. It is easy to live life on autopilot and take for granted the people and things in our daily lives. Today, though, routine events, like taking a hot shower, eating lunch with two of my favorite colleagues, listening to some of my favorite music, sipping hot green tea, etc. felt anything but routine, simply because I was alive to enjoy them.
I am ending the day smiling through tears, and I am ever so grateful for these three things and so much more.
Just one thing each day . . .