Day 6 Gratitude – firstname.lastname@example.org – Finneytown Local School District Mail
|“Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.” Henri Nouwen|
Sometimes, even when you’re not expecting good things to happen, they do anyway. And that makes life a lot better.
I’m writing this week’s note from Las Vegas, as I’m speaking here in a few hours. It was one of those trips where everything that could have gone wrong, actually went right, and I’m feeling very grateful. Here’s what happened…
I flew Southwest out here and didn’t check in exactly on time, so I wasn’t happy with my seat number. Even though I was expecting to have a bad seat in the back, an aisle seat in the third row was waiting for me! I sat next to a very nice retired couple who was going home to Utah after a month’s vacation. We had a delightful conversation.
If you’ve ever flown with a sinus infection, you know how painful it can be. Well, I’m fighting a bit of a head cold right now and was afraid I was going to have that searing sinus headache while in the air for four hours. It didn’t’ happen. Aside from a few coughing jags, the sinus medicine worked and my head felt fine.
I took the cheap route and chose a very low-budget car rental company. After waiting in an extremely slow line for an hour, I was waited on by a delightful rental agent who gave me a Chrysler 300 with 5800 miles on it. It’s a very nice ride that was worth the wait.
I called a friend at the last moment to see if we could get together while I’m in town. Turns out she was free for lunch and we had a delightful meal together.
Every step of the way, something could have gone wrong – an awful seat, a horrible headache, a lousy car, and dining alone – but it didn’t.
How often do you take the time to be grateful when things are going well? Do you pay attention when life is “peachy”? If not, a regular practice of gratitude will help. Consistently spending a couple of minutes each day in gratitude makes a difference. Try it for 30 days. Chances are good that you’ll like the changes you experience enough to keep the practice going.
I appreciate you!
PS – The friend I had lunch with today was Robin Jay, the producer of the first movie I was in, The Keeper of the Keys.” This snippet from the movie is special because the part where I talk about my dad was recorded two weeks after his stroke in 2011. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgU-PtimdHg&t=1s