Seeking New Successes

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It is hard to admit failure, but fail I did in my “no complainto” endeavor.  However, given the difficult circumstances (how can one not complain about bigotry, wastefulness and when you are prone to migraines – the blaring lights and endless unnecessary noise?).  Therefore, I grade myself a D. 

Now I choose to move on.  I will still work on trying hard not to complain as much.  And I know that given my life the way it is, that effort will be a constant battle.  If I can just inch forward a smidge a day, I will be better off than where I am right now. 

Today I was inspired by a local doctor who is currently blogging about giving away $100 a day to a random stranger.  This amazing act of kindness is in the memory and honor of her deceased mother.  When I read her posts, I became enveloped in these real life folks who were touched by her unexpected gift.  She has attached pictures of some of the recipients, and the smiles I saw were what most of us express when we are given a joyous glimpse of the good of humanity, not the evil.

Her actions inspire me to go out and do what I can to spread a little joy around the world.  Sometimes the simplest gesture can change someone’s mood.  Jim and I were in Fred Meyer yesterday when we stood aside and waved a woman to go through the aisle before we did.  She thanked us exhuberantly, and then explained that a guy in the parking lot had rolled down his window and cussed at her for not moving fast enough.  It was a good feeling to know that by giving her the right-of- way, we had at least made up for the rude man’s behavior.

I don’t get out of the house everyday.  When I do, I will try to make a difference to others who are sharing this time on the planet.  Even if it is just a smile and a little eye contact, a small connection might be all any of us need on any given day.

About andreamarjulie

Just trying to navigate a life circumvented by chronic migraines. Sometimes I write about managing with those, but at other times I am prone to deviate a bit.
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