It is the third day of the month and the second day of being under the covers and under the weather. As I nursed myself back to good health by resting, rehydrating, and reading, with my guilty pleasure of reality television thrown in for good measure, I got a heaping dose of good cheer from two friends in two different ways. Funnily enough, both kind acts involved beverages.
This morning, my doorbell rang, and I opened to be pleasantly surprised by the sight of one of my best friends standing there with a gift bag containing all the makings for mimosas. Just what the doctor ordered! As I sipped my orange juice laced with champagne and chatted and laughed with my fabulous friend, my body and mind received a much-needed boost. Only a true friend would take time to make a house call and risk contamination of germs to check on me and bring me some holiday spirits, and I appreciated it so much that he was there for me.
The next dose of good cheer did not involve me directly, but it still touched my heart. As I perused Facebook this afternoon, I came across the following status update from my very kind friend, Julie:
I have been feeling a bit down and stressed recently, and I figured a trip to Starbucks would help. A woman was walking in behind me, and she stumbled and seemed embarrassed about it. I bought her drink for her since that is something I’ve been wanting to do for someone, but keep forgetting to do. I was okay being anonymous, but the barista told the woman. When the woman found out, she came up to me and gave me a hug. She had just retired and moved to Louisville because her son is here, but she had been feeling homesick and lonely. It was so nice to have that human connection and to get out of my own head. That sweet woman told me I had made her day, but she actually made mine : )
This story made me smile big time for two reasons. One, because I think the world of Julie and absolutely could see her doing something so sweet for this woman. Two, because I know that such a kind gesture, like being treated to a cup of good cheer, can help turn a bad day into a better day. That human connection that Julie mentioned is one that is sorely lacking in today’s virtual world of texts, emails, tweets, etc., and whether we connect with a friend or a stranger, it is a reminder that we are not alone and that people do care about us. There are endless opportunities for each of us to look for those in our lives who need some cheering up, if only we open our eyes and hearts to notice.
Thank you to both Wood and Julie for spreading some kindness on this third day of December!
Just one thing each day . . .