Sharing gratitude to be alive. Multiple musings from simple to complex w/ people, family, music, poetry, pet love, scenic nature, spirituality, health, motivation, & more. Also, find the book in print, on Kindle, and iBook titled A House Inside of Me: Poetry by Marian Elsie Blake (2013) by Mary Blake Huer
It seems like people are unsettled these days with so many life issues facing all of us: prices are increasing, tensions are escalating with the War, the pandemic is still lurking around us, political differences of opinion are constantly played out on the news, and other stresses generally surround us. Within these various situations, when I observe moments of “thoughtfulness” between strangers as well as friends and family, I appreciate seeing such gestures between fellow human beings.
Today, I would like to encourage each of us to smile at someone you don’t know, to say “hello” and “thank you” more often, to open doors for someone whose arms are full of groceries or their children, to send a kind text to at least three people, to buy a cup of coffee for a friend, to invite an elderly person near you to chat for a bit, to allow a stranger who asks to pet your dog, and to ask a family member or friend if they need your help.
I believe if we are each a little more thoughtful towards other persons and their potential needs, it will create a bit of peace and calm around us, if even for a moment. Do you agree?
As I have the time to people watch, I enjoy observing others. I make mental notes of so many kind actions by people to each other unexpectedly. For example, today I went to an auto parts store to get a couple of items. One item was in the store and the other would be delivered from a nearby store within a couple of hours. When I returned to pick up the second item, it had not been delivered. The salesman asked if I could wait 15 minutes while someone went to the other store to bring the item to me. I was so touched that he would do this kind act for a total stranger. I explained that I would wait till tomorrow as I was not in a hurry. I wondered how many customers would become angry and create some drama in the store over one item. What impressed me most was this gentleman’s work ethic during this time of the pandemic and when it is so difficult to hire people to work. It seemed unnecessary that I would insist on getting the item today. I can wait.