I have a complaint… my life is too difficult!
I came to work today and discovered an ocean of all the reasons that prevented me/us from having a good day at work… bad weekend, too hot, had to work Sunday, weeds to pull, did not feel well, family worries, the weekend is over and on and on and on. I felt myself comfortably walking and drowning in our bad day. We all seemed to vote that today was just too difficult!
Then I left our first meeting of the day and I walked down the stairs of our behavioral health center and through the waiting area for our day shelter. I was surrounded by people grateful to be at St. Martin’s, grateful to have a place to come and grateful to have a place to feel loved. As I looked at the people that we served living in the most difficult of circumstances… I woke up- my very worst day would be a good day for most of the people that we serve at St. Martin’s. Most would welcome a long weekend if they could stay in a home and enjoy enough to eat. Most of our clients would relish a weekend with family and all of our clients would celebrate a job and would be grateful for the opportunity to pull some weeds or clean their house. Self-pity often grows from the soil of having too much and taking too much for granted. If you have nothing… a good cup of coffee and a welcoming smile can feel like the foundation of a great day. Today our clients taught me an attitude of gratitude. Today I will work on gratitude!