The internal thunderstorm has passed (whew!), and today was much more peaceful. And I had fun with my first gift for this round: My sister just got an iPhone, and she had several questions - but mostly, how to extend the battery life. So I compiled a list of tips and sent her some links to other iPhone 5-specific tips. (Ever since she decided last spring that she would get one this fall, I've been sending her articles and counting down the days with her.)
I also took goodies to the soup kitchen this morning, and I'm compiling a list of fundraising (grant) ideas to send to a friend of mine who joined the board of directors. I'm going to volunteer my writing, if they do decide to apply for grants. But I'm not sure when I'll send that, so I'm not counting it as today's gift.
I had some great receives today, too: Took my boots to the repair shop (the uppers are coming off the soles), and it turned out they didn't open for 20 minutes. This place is kind of in the middle of nowhere, and without a car, there was nothing I could do but wait. They saw me waiting and opened early for me.
Then I had a great conversation with my sister (only partly about her iPhone; mostly about... well, me).
I received an email from my friend/client, who is still going through massive change and loss and upheaval - and remaining amazingly equanimous throughout it all. (No work there yet; she was just saying hello, which I appreciated.)
And this evening, on the bus home, the driver commented that I always seemed to radiate happiness. I joked that clearly, he hadn't seen me yesterday, but still, it was nice! I do make every effort to prioritize my own inner peace/well-being, because from that, everything else falls into place. And part of my well-being plan is giving.
Last night, I was in a place where my gratitude went something like, "I'm grateful to have parts of boots" :) Tonight... much, much more appreciation (including "I'm so glad I discovered the issue with my boots before it began raining").
Hope you all had great Mondays! Cheers!