Hi all! This past week was a little overwhelming as I’ve been trying to work ahead as much as possible in order to take some time off when I go back home.
Aside from that, something else occurred which caused me to do a lot of reflecting. Don’t worry – as weird as it sounds to say this, it wasn’t anything that happened to me personally, but something that I was involved in.
I went back-and-forth on whether or not to post about it, and have decided to take a bit more time to process things instead of blab about it. But reflecting is always good, right?
Anyway, I am finally back to tell you the reasons I have for being grateful this past week.
Be Grateful for Each Other
In my state of reflection, I had to get something out: we all need to be grateful for each other, and we need to make each other aware of how grateful we are.
We only have a limited amount of time here, as somber as that is. Why waste it being negative? Why waste it by keeping quiet when we have something nice to say, but think it won’t make a difference?
I lived a lot of my life being a pessimist. I can be very cynical. But it’s not fun. Realistic, maybe, but I’ve grown tired of seeing the world clouded in shadows.
And while I might be an introvert, sometimes afraid to make eye contact with others, and definitely afraid to speak up more often than not, I’ve come to realize that I’m doing myself a disservice here.
The truth is, happiness is a choice, and bringing happiness into the lives of others is also a choice.
When someone random smiles at you, you can either smile back at them, or ignore them. Which makes you feel better? Which makes the other person feel better?
Where is this all coming from, you ask? Lately, I’ve had the overwhelming desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Along with that, I realize that by being too shy, I’m potentially losing out on many amazing opportunities to meet and learn from fascinating people. I want to know where people are coming from; I want to hear their stories.
So let’s be grateful for each other, and make it known. When you want to give someone a random compliment, do it. Let your family and friends know they’re loved. Give hugs when they’re needed, and be a shoulder to cry on. Guaranteed someone will be grateful for your actions.
Being Grateful my Grandma Made it Back from AC
My grandma takes monthly trips to Atlantic City with her friends. That’s what they do for fun in retirement!
Last week, it was my grandma’s turn to drive, and right as they went to leave, her car wouldn’t start.
I wrote a while ago about how she was thinking of leasing a new car because she was sick of dealing with car issues.
Thankfully, she hadn’t had any after that post until now. The fuel pump ended up needing to be replaced. It ended up costing her $550.
While that’s never any fun to deal with, I’m at least grateful this happened at the hotel she was at. The staff was super nice and she was able to call AAA to have her car towed to a nearby mechanic.
Obviously, it could have been much worse if the car had broken down on the way home.
Plus, this might mean I get to go car shopping with her next week (and drive possible new car around). ;)
It’s My Mom’s Birthday!
I feel like a horrible daughter because I’m not visiting my parents this weekend. Since we’re slated to leave on Thursday, my mom told me not to worry about it.
I’m grateful she’s understanding. While gas is cheaper right now, that doesn’t mean we should all go crazy with driving.
I’m also just grateful that both of my parents are still in good health.
This is going to sound slightly strange, but I grew up having “older” parents than the rest of my friends.
My mom was 33 when she had me, and my dad was 40. In contrast, R’s mom is around 4-5 years younger than my mom, even though R is a year older than me.
As such, I’ve always been worried about not having as much time with them. That was one big reason why we moved. I’m an only child, and I feel responsible for them.
(That’s all on me, though – they’re both very stubborn and would never ask me to help.)
I mention this from time to time, but I’d like to mention it again: I’m grateful for all of you.
Whether or not you comment, if you read anything I write, even outside of this blog, I’m humbled you want to take the time out of your day to do so.
We all have limited amounts of time to work with, and I know reading blogs can be extremely time consuming, which is why I wanted to say that. It means more than you know to have you here.
I also know I haven’t been the best at getting out there and commenting lately, but rest assured, I’m still reading.
What are you being grateful for this week? Any birthday celebrations coming up? When’s the last time you let someone know you were grateful for them?