I was a little stressed wondering if I would know what to do. I kept thinking, "What if the day goes by and I have not had an opportunity to give something to someone? Maybe I should have a back up plan just in case!" (Kind of like those extra emergency gifts you keep around the house in case you need it.)
Earlier, I had seen a picture of Charlie Brown and Snoopy doing their "famous" dance. Underneath the picture it said, "What if today, we were just grateful for everything?"
First of all, I love Peanuts and all things Snoopy. I saved the picture on my phone. During a brief lunch I was thinking about my college roommate, "Deb", who lives 5 hours away. She is one of those friends that I can go a while without talking to, but our friendship still remains strong. When I was going through my divorce she sent me cards weekly. We do not communicate on regular basis though.
I thought about the Snoopy & Charlie Brown picture and I decided to text it to her with a message that said, "I am grateful to have you in my life." I was not really sure that this was my "gift" but I felt drawn to send it to her.
Insert a small detour to the story, I also have a coworker with the same name. I adore her and when I saw her name pop up, I decided to send it to her also because I really enjoy her and our friendship.
I expected that she would write back and say thanks, but I was surprised when her text arrived and said, "Back @ you...on the way to see Dad in ER...timing was great...thanks." I was taken back by all of this, but smiled at what I deemed as my first gift.
That could be the end of the story, but an hour later, I received a text from my coworker who said, "You do not know how much I needed this today. I have had a hard day and have been on the verge of tears all day long!"
I know that there are times that I think, "I really need to touch base with that person" but I do not always do it. Today made me realize that when something is tugging at your heart, telling you to reach out to someone, there is a reason. They need to hear from you.
Final thought to my first day - I have a lot on my plate right now with life - but I have always kind of enjoyed juggling a lot of things. (A friend once told me that I was like the person with the spinning plates and did not know how I could keep all of the plates spinning without falling down.)
I am not in any way ready to take down any of the plates. However, lately my blood pressure has been pretty high. I hesitated doing this as I was afraid that I might not be able to do it to the best of my ability and half way is not how I operate. I changed my mind and decided this is exactly what I need to do. I am very excited and interested in ways to lower my blood pressure without medication, but rather with meditation and other relaxation techniques. (I have a great diet and weight is not a factor.)
I want to say thanks to Cami for starting this and to my new friends who have already welcomed me and sent me gifts!
I am grateful today!