The rain and the temperature fell throughout the day, and it felt more like winter than fall. Despite the less than ideal weather, it was a good day to have a good day. So, that is exactly what I did, and here are three of the things for which I am grateful for on this good day:
- Spotting a rainbow. During my morning commute, the sun was pushing through the clouds, and the darkness was giving way to the light. With the sun trying to regain control of the sky, rain continued to fall lightly. As I drove, lost in thought and music, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a big, beautiful rainbow. I have never given much thought to rainbows, so, I was surprised to find myself smiling and tearing up simultaneously, and I felt a warm blend of happiness and peace. It was an unexpected and sweet way to begin my day.
- Arriving at work to a warm welcome. Most people assume that working at a day shelter for homeless men must be depressing, and while I have stories that would make you cry until you felt like the tears would never stop, I have stories that would make you laugh until you cry uncontrollably. There is a lot of joy and love there, and the gentlemen always make sure that my day begins with a smile, as they greet me with kind words and grins. It is nice to feel welcomed and appreciated, and they are the reason I smile ear to ear every day.
- Lunch. Well, to be more precisely, lunch with Frank, our seventy year old Plant Manager. Every day, Frank and I meet at 12:30 p.m. in the staff break room for lunch, which is one of the highlights of my day. We eat, chat, and laugh, and I always come away from lunch with a full stomach and an even fuller heart. Today, Frank surprised me with chili from our favorite local place, and he topped it off with a Twinkie. It seriously doesn’t get much better than that!
It was an ordinary day, yet it felt simply extraordinary in so many ways.
Just one thing each day . . .