At the mall the other day while waiting for parking spots, I literally had the spot I was waiting for taken by someone who whipped in right in front of me four times! Each time I moved along wondering wtf? Not very good Christmas spirit folks. I have to wonder about those people who do things like that and avoid eye contact as it somehow makes if seem ok?
Anyways, it wasn't a big deal, I have legs and am perfectly capable of walking from the farthest spot possible so I just stopped looking for something close and did that.
When I read this I thought of that morning and those lovely parking warriors. It is good to remember what this season is really about and open up to love and giving and seeing the big picture. This story makes me desperate to find those openings. To truly celebrate the spirit of Christmas.
Parents were away for a month. Mail carrier kept our mail until they came back. Mom gave her a gift basket and got this note. Makes you think about the battles people have each day. And how the little things can make a difference. (Story, image via imgur, Reddit)
Your thoughtfulness is appreciated beyond explanation in words. I recently got divorced after 25 years of marriage and after being homeless for the last three years just last week got my own apartment. You literally put the first food in my cupboards! And for that I am so grateful!! Serving people like you makes my job so rewarding. And it’s a daily pleasure! May God bless you & keep you safe at home and in your travels, always.
Thank you so much!!
Hugs & Blessings,
[redacted] (your mail carrier)
-taken from Elephant Journal today.
Last night I had the honor of attending an RCMP Veterans dinner with hubbie. We were their guests and treated well. None of them seemed to be recently retired...they were an older group. I spent the night looking around at those gentle, gray haired people knowing that would be me in thirty five years or so. Many of them were widows, having lost their husbands who served. This was a big night, a very special occasion for many of them, looked forward to from year to year. I wondered what the rest of the year looked like, if they had the support they needed and such. I spoke to my boys about seeing those opportunities everywhere to reach out a little bit to someone and to do a little something to serve a little bit. Today I am gathering up jackets and warm clothing, toiletries and other daily essentials to drop off at our local House of Hope. Also asking them to pick somethings to give to Santas Anonymous...we have so much and this seems like such a little thing but it's something.
BEST PART of last night is a new friend I met I am sooo excited to get to know more. She was the piano player and sat with us for dinner and right away the connections started flying back and forth and the laughs...we both love piano although I can't play but Liam is fantastic, we love horses and the woods. She happens to live in one of my fave places just a few minutes from my house and about 8 kms up a logging road and has 80 acres and horses and knows the trails I long to explore. They lived in Whistler like us and she founded the children's choir my boys sang in , we knew the same people, they cowboy-ed for the ranch whose cows roam the creek below us and come up to pass by our house in the fall. Molly is 78, raised five kids and fit as a fiddle and a firecracker of a woman and I know we are going to be great friends. She was telling me about their simple life in the woods ranching with a twinkle in her eye and how her and her husband just love to take the horses and find little lakes and horse camp or take their beater snowmobiles and explore the mountains together and she stopped and sighed, looked so content and said: "We just have the best time!"
I rarely win something and both hubbie and I won a basket in the raffle...only one prize was allowed per couple and when he claimed his basket he looked at me and we both agreed it was a no-brainer to give it to Molly to enjoy in thanks for the fun piano intros she did when he had to speak and just for being her. She said her pond was frozen and perfect for skating right now and her husband doesn't skate so much anymore so we exchanged phone numbers and I plan to visit this week and most definitely to take the boys over the Christmas break...I can't wait to open myself to all she has to offer and she has offered to trailer her horses up to my place come spring and show me all the trails...something I have been dying to do since moving here four years ago. I am so grateful for going last night and meeting her and the experience in general.
Wishing you lots of fulfilling connections and openings for giving this month too friends, I would love to hear your stories too,