Wednesday, April 23, 2014
As I was driving home for my lunch hour today, I was feeling a little grumpy. I was thinking about the dishes that needed done, the bathroom that needed cleaned, the piano that needed dusting, the litter box that needed changed, that I hadn't found a cat brother for Lily, the laundry to be done, bills to be paid...and that I didn't really want left over pulled pork for lunch.
And then, I saw him.
As I turned the corner in my car that is almost out of gas and is badly in need of a wash, I saw an older Native American gentleman sitting on a lawn near a government building. He had a large backpack with, what I assume, is everything he owns inside. He was eating a sandwich and drinking water, while resting on the soft green grass. He was clearly a wanderer that frequents one of the downtown shelters that I drive past every single day. My first thought was that it was so cold and windy today, he must be freezing. But as I looked closer, I realized he was smiling and singing to himself. I thought I should stop and help him, but he looked so peaceful and happy. And I didn't want to ruin that and remind him of his circumstance just to satisfy my need to save the world.
The rest of the way home, I found myself being grateful for my little, old home with peeling paint, my portable dishwasher, my one kitty, my dirty clothes, my unmade bed, the leftovers in my fridge, the heat bill, my gently used furniture, my hot water heater and my dirty car that needs gas. Heavenly Father has given me so much and sometimes, I'm annoyed at my tile counter tops because I'd prefer granite or quartz. I hate the ceramic tile on my floor with it's cracks and wish it was wood. How often do I thank Him for my blessings and then not actually be grateful for them? Every. Stupid. Day. I have so much to be grateful for. So, so much. Aside from the things already listed, I'm grateful for my good husband, my family, my job, my calling, the gospel and so much more.
Today, I'm actually going to show my gratitude for those things.