Gratitude

It’s been one of those weeks when things happen, not to me, but around me.
On one particularly challenging day, I realized a lot of people struggle this time of year. Not theoretical people, but real people. People I know personally. People I see often. Although seeing the same people at the store, post office, or other public places gives the illusion of familiarity, I don’t really know them at all.
Everyone has challenges in their lives. Unfortunately, many people feel like they need to face their challenges alone.
I may not be able to change another person’s circumstances, but I can have a kind word for someone or a smile. I can hold open a door or let someone in on the expressway. I can think a kind thought or send blessings their way.
And I can be grateful that I have blessings in my own life. My family is healthy. Our basic needs are met. I have habits that ground me when those challenges come my way. I have creative interests that bring joy and comfort to others.
So when I am out and about tomorrow, living my everyday life, I will remember to share my blessings with others. There are plenty of them to go around, and maybe it will make someone’s day just a little bit better.

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3 Responses to Gratitude

  1. Laura says:

    Well said, and on point, Donna! Thanks for the reminder to count my blessings and share! 🙂

  2. Joyce Crabtree says:

    Very caring & thoughtful of you Donna. We should all be doing our part.

  3. Kate says:

    Our challenges last year really brought home how lucky my family is and helped me realize how hard the same challenges can be for others without the same resources and support systems. It is a good thing to remember each day when you interact with people.

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