With only ten more days to go in this thirty days of gratitude, I find myself in a reflective mood this evening. I was not sure what this focus on gratitude would mean to others, including myself, and I am thankful for, and pleasantly surprised by, the warm reception this series of posts has gotten so far. I thank each of you for indulging me in this exercise and for sharing your own moments of gratitude, as you have made this even more meaningful. On this twentieth day, I find myself feeling a great deal of gratitude for:
- Chili. Actually, as much as I love a hot bowl of chili on a cold day, it was the person who brought me the chili that left me feeling grateful. Our seventy year old Plant Manager, Frank, and I eat lunch together every day at work, and it truly is one of the highlights of my day. Today, he surprised me by treating me to a delicious bowl of chili from our favorite neighborhood place, and it tasted all the better knowing that Frank thought of me when he bought it. It filled my stomach and heart!
- Dinner with an amazing group of women. My wonderful friend, Laura, is a life coach who loves to gather women together for food and fellowship, and tonight, I had the pleasure of partaking in food and drinks with a dynamic group of women, with Laura as our fearless leader. Since Louisville is the biggest small town ever, I happened to know one of the women in attendance, and I discovered kindred spirits in the other women gathered there. It never ceases to amaze me how different people may seem on the outside, yet we all share similar hopes, dreams, and challenges. It was an honor to be in their company!
- Mike O’Connor. Mike is the creator of The Kindness Blog, and I am forever indebted to him for trusting me enough to ask me to be a co-administrator of this wonderful site. Last March, I was so appreciative when he asked me to be a guest blogger for The Kindness Blog, and I was humbled beyond words when he welcomed me aboard to work alongside him last June. He has a heart of gold, and it means the world to me to help him spread a positive message to people around the globe. So, sincerest thanks to Mike and all of you who support what we do!
I hope that as your day and week come to a close that you have much to be thankful for, too!
Just one thing each day . . .