Today, I went to a different grocery store where they have carts that are locked together; to release them, you have to insert a quarter (and then you get the quarter back when you return the cart). So I placed a quarter in one of the slots. This won't really make sense unless you've seen these kind of carts, but it felt like a new and different give. Then I left a "You are a gift" Post-it in the store washroom. Later, I bussed tables at the coffee shop.
On my way home, I stopped into my regular grocery store to refill my water, and I waited behind a woman who seemed to be refilling and emptying her container. I couldn't figure it out until she asked me whether the water was distilled (it's not; it's reverse-osmosis filtered). Which led to a long conversation - and the gift of patience - wherein she talked about the perils of different kinds of water, corporate conspiracies behind bottled water (which I do understand), how water interacts with medication (which I understood a little less) and the potentially damaging effects of too much water. So yes, patience was the gift there, especially because I was trying to catch the bus.
Then I tried to help a woman at the bus stop, who had missed her bus (the next one wasn't for another 70 minutes). I couldn't do much, but I sympathized with her.
This evening, I sent an email volunteering my writing to help the soup kitchen raise money through grants. Right now, their fundraising strategy is small to nonexistent. I don't know if they'll take me up on it, but at least I put it out there.
Last night, my middle sister (who I don't talk to often) called me. She knew from our older sister (the one I talk to all the time) that things have been really tough, and she offered to send me a belated birthday present (LOL - my birthday was in June). That was really sweet of her, and a huge, huge relief. My oldest sister, meanwhile, sent me a little for food, too, and in exchange, I'm going to help her with...something. So I was able to get some food and pay a little on bills. I'm still behind on rent, but I know I can catch up quickly. Amazing how much my mood improved today!
I hope you all had wonderful Wednesdays. Cheers!