Serendipity (n) finding something good without looking for it
“Sooner or later, everything old is new again”
I was driving home after the gym and a quick run to the grocery store – sort of distracted by the gummy bears I was savoring. Then I looked right and a lady was dancing merrily on the side-walk – eyes closed, hands in the air snapping, with the widest smile. She had no concern with who could be watching her; she was light hearted and happy. I wondered what she was celebrating. I laughed with her, danced as I drove away: mood instantly lifted.
I had to run another errand. Again I saw something captivating: a beautiful Indian family dressed in native garb sitting together on a bench under the shade of a luxuriant tree sharing an intimate conversation. It was the children, parents, and grand-parents- at least three generations. My first thought was how beautiful! Then I thought this is what living is!
See I’ve had a few disappointing experiences lately: some “Nos” Where I expected “Yeses”, so I was in my feelings somewhat. I had a pleasant day though. I worked and had music playing all day; I sang and danced along. But still there was a hint of disappointment lingering. But those two experiences reminded me there’s always a blessing to recount, celebrate. I had a pleasant day: a blessing! I spoke to some family and friends throughout the day: a blessing.
Some things we chase is like chasing the wind, of no real value – like riches and glory. Of what benefit are these things if we have no peace? If we have no one to share them with? If we’re never satisfied?
I’m grateful for the gift of music. I’m grateful for the gift of sound. I’m grateful to have family and friends that are family. I’m grateful for my feet, toes, legs so I could dance.
It’s important to take time to enjoy life. Let go of the day’s stresses by dancing – who cares who’s watching? You may inspire someone to be joyful and dance too. Make time for what’s most important: Family!
Count your blessings
Dance like no one is watching
Spend time with family
“Gratitude is the ability to experience life not as a test but as a gift”
I can’t name the tree with pretty pink petals outside but when I walked out this morning all the petals had fallen off and were spread out on the ground; interestingly the leaves were falling too, though it’s only the beginning of summer. Still, there’s a comforting mist in the air. It all feels ethereal.
What a beautiful day to be alive! I’m thankful I get to experience another day. The past few weeks have been challenging. Losing friends to death is unpleasant to say the least, but what a blessing it was to have had them make footprints in my life and to have shared good laughs and good times. My flight was delayed over 5 hours the other day with little explanation or compensation. But I was returning from a fun filled weekend with family. We shared good laughs, good food, and good memories. To my left was a young mother with a crying newborn, lots of luggage, who had just missed her flight. She spoke little English so this added to her frustration. What was heart-warming about the situation was the amount of care and concern total strangers offered her. I even chimed in to help translate as best as I could. She was calm and agreeable despite of it all. I found myself calmer and accepting of my situation.
It’s impossible to go through life without challenges. Oh how I wish everyday was a good day- every moment; we’ll leave that to fairy-tales, we live in reality. Truth is we all will have to come face to face with difficulties: poor/failing health- our own or a loved one- challenges at school or work, unemployment, heart-breaks, violence in the community, and the list goes on. The difference, I believe, in how we fare will have a lot to do with our mentality . Is it possible to find a slither of hope in any situation? Can we focus on the good, the end result of our endurance? Can our character improve as we learn and grow? Can we still give thanks and express gratitude for the things that are good? Maybe what you’re grateful for is that PB&J sandwich that hit the spot, or for the gift of sight that blessed you with the privilege of seeing that monarch butterfly take flight.
The opposite of not being alive is not appealing to me. So I will choose to cherish each day I get to call today and choose to experience life as a gift.
Show yourself thankful
I heard the most truthful words that kept ringing in my heart: you’re never more than a grateful thought away from increased peace of mind and greater peace of heart.
In elementary school I learned attitude is a small thing that makes a big difference. As years passed I learned the importance of a positive attitude. It really shapes your thought pattern, outlook of a situation, motivation, and even your physical well-being. As I mature, I’m learning the importance of gratitude. I believe attitude and a positive mentality helps me to be grateful. learning to count my blessings, focusing on the good things I have and not on what I don’t have helps me feel happier, healthier, and better suited -maybe even resilient- to face life’s challenges.
I wake up earlier now to pray and meditate. There’s peace in rising earlier before the day’s distractions begin. In my prayers I list all the blessings I have and thank God for them. My concerns and anxieties I list too, but only after I recount my blessings, and I ask for help in facing each challenge for the day. Tomorrow’s challenges I will pray about tomorrow.
What a difference showing thanks, being grateful, remaining positive has been! So each day I will take time to be appreciative of every blessing: from the rain showers that provide food and water, to each family member and friend, to the beautiful red robbins that wake me up before I’d like, to any vacation I take. I will count each blessing and share good news.
Share good news