So, it’s been one of those weeks – you know the kind. Only a little more emotionally draining than a regular “one of those weeks”. A good friend was hospitalized (thankfully, now back home). Another friend is losing her father-in-law. Work was hectic, draining. There came a point where all I wanted was to crawl in bed & stay there for three days.... However, I didn’t have that luxury. And looking back, I’m quite grateful that I didn’t.
Not only did I visit my friend – who seemed amazed that I would drive
30 miles for a hospital visit & bring decent non-hospital issue
food. I also helped plan a baby shower for a very dear friend. Making a
diaper cake, wrapping the most precious little present, planning menus
and choosing floral arrangements ... all on top of my regular day-to-day
stuff. And I’m so thrilled I did. I actually experienced the “it’s better
to give than receive”. And they’re right – not just material giving, but
giving of my time. Not only did I make others happy – doing so brought
me joy. Joy that I wasn’t expecting really.
When life is crazy and you’re being tossed lemons on a daily basis – you
don’t really think about going out & doing something lovely for
someone else. But when you do – when I did – I stopped seeing the
lemons. Some of them are still there – I’m just not noticing them. Be
extraordinary – don’t just tell those in your life that you care about
them. Show them. And keep showing them even when you just want to crawl
into bed & stay there. That will make you want to sing again! It's made me smile and sing and dance; it's brought joy into my life.