In the blackjack, twenty-one is the perfect number. While this twenty-first day may not have been perfect, it still left me feeling like a winner. Here are three things that filled my heart with gratitude:
- Annual Thanksgiving feast. This morning, the men in our permanent supportive housing programs gathered together to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast prepared and served by volunteers from Humana. I was so grateful to be part of this annual gathering of these men who were once homeless, and the highlight was hearing them each say one thing that they were grateful for this year. One of the my favorite quotes came from Kenneth, a man who truly defied the odds by both overcoming homelessness and the diagnosis of a terminal illness nearly four years ago. He was the last person to share what he was thankful for, and my eyes filled with tears when he said that he was grateful to be in the company of his friends whom he described as his “family”. We most definitely are a family of sorts, and being with them this morning for this celebration left me feeling grateful beyond words.
- Movie night. I ended the day with one of my best friends and my two daughters, as we went to the movies together. Being able to relax and have fun with three of my favorite people in the world was a true blessing, and I am so grateful for their unconditional love and support. Plus, they are all sorts of fun!
- Christmas lights. While I am admittedly not a fan of Christmas (more on that in a later post), the sight of Christmas lights shining brightly in the dark left me feeling so very peaceful. It is those quiet moments that leave me feeling grateful, and I cherish the simplicity and beauty of those festive lights immensely. Shine on!
Just one thing each day . . .