Thirteen proved to be anything but unlucky today. It was not an extraordinary day per se, but it was a good day overall, and that was more than enough. These are three of the things that added to today’s goodness and that gave me reason to be grateful:
- Heat. With temperatures hovering around the freezing mark from sunrise to sunset, I was very grateful for being able to stay warm throughout the day. I woke up in a warm home, made my commute to and from work in a car with a heater and heated seats, and worked in an office that was made even more comfortable with a space heater. During my brief forays outside, I barely felt the cold thanks to warm clothes, a winter coat, and toasty boots. All of these things are easy to take for granted, but working in a day shelter for homeless men makes me acutely aware of how these basic items can mean the difference between life and death and are much to be thankful for today.
- A thank you note from my boss. At yesterday’s weekly staff meeting, our boss passed around an assortment of thank you cards for the staff to take, and she encouraged us to send them to community agencies and partners, other staff members, and volunteers to show our gratitude for them during this Thanksgiving season. It was a pleasant surprise to find one of these notes from her in my staff mailbox this morning, thanking me for the work I do. I look up to my boss in so many ways, both personally and professionally, so, to receive a note of thanks from her really meant a lot to me. It felt great to be recognized and appreciated for what I do at work, as sometimes, the work can be overwhelming.
- Writing. I loved writing when I was a little girl, but somewhere along the way, writing got lost, and do did I. When the vice grip hold that the depression and anxiety had on me began to loosen, I rediscovered my love of writing and myself. I am so thankful for being able to (hopefully) encourage, entertain, and/or educate people when I write, and I also am grateful for having a creative outlet for my thoughts, feelings, and ideas. I look forward to the day when my writing also becomes my career, as that is a dream I am working on making a reality.
I hope that wherever you are at this very moment that you are happy and grateful for whatever this thirteenth day offered to you!
Just one thing each day . . .