Day nine began really early, as my weekend of working at the day shelter for homeless men began at 6:30 a.m., That said, it is easy to wake up in the dark, when you know that light awaits you, literally and figuratively. Even with twenty-one days to go in this month of gratitude, I have rediscovered how important it is to focus on the positive people and things in my life, for when I do, life becomes richer and fuller across the board. These are the three things that I am giving thanks for today, as they left my heart happy:
- Waking up to a kind text message. As much as I love the art of conversation, I also appreciate the role that texting and emailing can play in maintaining communication with family and friends, and it is always nice when someone takes the time to send a positive message or to let you know that you are being thought of and wished well. It certainly beats waking up to only the clamor of an alarm clock!
- Being referred to as “nice”. I don’t know when “nice” became a benign or backhanded compliment, as it really is a very dear compliment. So, when several of the gentlemen at the day shelter thanked me for being “nice”, it really meant a great deal to me that they viewed me in such a lovely way. My intention always is to treat them with kindness, respect, and compassion, and I was thankful that they felt like I had done so today. The older I get, the more I realize that being nice in a world that can be very cruel is a gift, and it is one that I am grateful that I can share with these special men. Then again, as I said to them, it is easy to be nice to such wonderful people!
- Feeling exhausted at the end of the day. That may sound negative, but I am not referring to feeling fatigued, but rather, I mean feeling exhausted from having put in a hard, yet fulfilling, day’s work doing something that I enjoy. As I relax this evening, I feel content and happy, two feelings that I welcome.
As the weekend comes to a close, I am ready to unwind, and I also am looking forward to what the week ahead will bring. I have no doubt that each day will bring much more to be grateful for, and that thought alone makes me smile big time!
Just one thing each day . . .