Walking in to work today, I was a little bit distracted. Snow had been falling for a few hours, and I was on my phone checking to see what the weather people were predicting the total accumulation might be. (Basically, I was trying to gain some sense of “control” around a situation [the weather, the drive home, time] over which I had absolutely no control, instead of letting go and simply accepting whatever was to come.) Anyway – I’m walking, head down, eyes narrow (so, mind narrow), when I pass by a display case.
I walk by this display case every work day. It belongs to a local vocational college, and usually it showcases student work. This morning, though, the space held something rather different:
The message behind the glass pulled me from my reverie, and caused me to pause (literally; I had to stop walking so I could snap a photo). In that moment of stopping, my mind was pulled out of my tiny little “concerns”, and I got to re-focus and remember more important things in my life.
I’m grateful that I never smoked, I’m lucky that my body is able to be physically active on a daily basis, I’m privileged that I can afford healthy food, and I’m honored to have at least 5 friends with whom I can share a message. (And, it’s terrific that I look awesome when I wear red.) 🙂
Snow, schmo. Tiny little flakes, you are a small inconvenience in my wonderfully blessed life.
Such a great attitude and lovely post, Stef! I’m looking forward to reading through more of your happy blog.
Lia, thank you for stopping by, and thank you for the kind comment! I look forward to interacting with you more. 🙂
Your comment, “it’s terrific that I look awesome when I wear red” cracked me up. It was unexpected and so wonderful! What a great thing to say about yourself. That alone brought an instant smile to my face while reading this post.
I hope you are staying warm and safe with all the white stuff that has covered so much of our country.
Tara – it’s funny, I had a similar reaction to your post about seeing the pretty lady on your husband’s arm, and about how you are “usually quite pleased at her quiet beauty”. That honest assessment made *me* smile; I appreciate the days when I see myself in that light, too.