Of course, chocolate. Because, when is chocolate never good?
After a particularly difficult night last week, I was give this sweet little box of chocolates from a friend who simply wanted to brighten my day. She went somewhere with her husband and brought back a little token, just for me.
You can call me naive if you’d like; which would be the farthest thing from the truth. I digress. But I like to believe that there is someone, somewhere, at some point and time that is thinking of you. Someone, somewhere is having good thoughts and sending well wishes to you from their heart. Take heart in knowing that you are completely loved by someone, somewhere.
My scarf fell off of a chair and onto the floor. A stranger kindly picked up my scarf and placed it back on my chair. This may seem very simplistic to some but we have to learn to take the time to pay attention to all of the good things that happen around us. In a culture where people are constantly talking about their ‘haters’ and such, we should learn to turn our focus toward those who love us, those who show kindness, and people who hope the for best for others.
Have you had a kind encounter with a stranger? What can you do this week to be the ‘kind stranger’ to someone else?
Fairly recently, Jason and I went to a late showing of Superman. We were pretty excited to be out together since we’d both been working a lot. Next thing you know, the screen started going crazy and the sounds didn’t match. We waited for almost 30 minutes for them to fix the situation. We looked at each other with the ummmm…it may be time to get up out of here and get our money back face. Next thing we knew, they gave us free movie tickets. Forward to today. I went to buy a few things at Walgreens and guess what I found? Those movie tickets! I tucked them away in my wallet so I wouldn’t lose them. Well, I didn’t lose them, but I totally forgot they existed. I reminded Jason and we both resounded with a synonymous “DATE NIGHT!!!!” Then we committed to a high five.
My only point in sharing this is that good things happen. And then we forget. But when we remember, it’s all the more sweet! I’ll be randomly sharing things like these because I think that it’s important to both remember and acknowledge the good things that happen. It’s way too easy to complain. So I want to make a habit of gratitude.
I had the privilege of having dinner with a really great friend last night. Every time I leave her, I’m able to find more beauty in life and mankind. Let me tell you why. My friend and her husband experienced an extremely difficult loss on April 25, 2013. They met their sweet daughter much sooner than intended. They loved her in the most humbling and beautiful way that a parent loves their child and had to say goodbye in the same moment. Through their personal loss, she is starting a support group for women dealing with loss and infertility. With everything that their family has been through, she is extending her love and support to others. What could be more redeeming than that?
Sometimes we treat our lives as if our desires are the only thing that matter and our decisions don’t effect others. We don’t realize that we can actually have an affect on the world. That one decision to smile at a stranger, to be kind when no one notices, or to reach out to people in need in the face of your own suffering has a ripple effect. As much as western culture would like for us to believe that we are all independent, this simply is not true in the grand scheme of things. We are all woven together in this beautiful tapestry called Life. It isn’t always simple or easy, but the one thing we do have is each other. I’m not naive, not every person has good intentions, however, there are also very good people with good hearts out there as well. Learn to love and be loved. Give and receive. Support and be supported.
This is a beautiful explosion of a life-giving lesson that I’ve been able to learn through the life of a wee little one and her parents. I hope that a piece of our interlocked life was able to give you a glimmer of hope.