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The Little Things


My evening walks always bring me something to think on.

I so enjoy the birds, squirrels, bunnies and the occasional greeting with a neighbor.

This evening I passed a lady unloading her car of household cleaning supplies while wearing rubber gloves. We spoke briefly and as I walked on I wondered if the gloves were for a health purpose. And quickly whispered a gratitude of thanks for my excellent health.

This encounter unexpectedly took my mind back to a moment as a young mom. We had returned to our central Texas home from a visit with the allergy doctor in Dallas for our 5 yr old son.

The visit resulted in a lengthy list of allergies, medication, shots and do's and don'ts.

The next day I found myself in the produce section of the supermarket mindlessly shopping for groceries as we mom's some things do, because I was completely overwhelmed with all the information we had received in Dallas.

Then I looked up from my grocery list and my eyes landed on a small boy sitting in a cart across from me, wearing a facemask.

My heart plunged to my stomach and my eyes filled with tears as I ached for him while being deeply grateful my son's situation was not that severe.

I struggled with that thought for a while and then realized that little boy gave me a gift that day. The power of gratitude!

Over the next five years I became quite the expert of allergies with my son and eventually my daughter too.

As I have aged, being grateful has found a permanent place in my life. It is amazing how a simple gesture can pivot ones whole day.

It's the little things folks; don't forget to be grateful for the little things.


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