Better Late Than Never


I had every intention to write my daily post last night, but I ended up falling asleep before I did.  When I woke up around 2:00 a.m., I was exhausted and just wanted to go back to sleep, but when I realized that I had not written my post yet, I debated what to do, go to bed or stay up to write the post.  What’s a blogger to do?

That moment afforded me the opportunity to do one good thing for myself.  Too often, I put unrealistic expectations on myself, and I drift into black and white thinking.  I immediately started to think that if I missed a day of posting that I had blown this personal quest to do just one thing each day for myself and others.  However, I was able to think it through rationally, and I realized two things in that moment.  One, whether or not I posted that day or not, it did not change the fact that I had done what I set out to do that day for myself and for someone else.  Two, while I do not need a lot of sleep, I do need to sleep more than I currently do.  So, I gave myself permission to go back to sleep, which was one of the best things I could do for myself.  When my alarm went off early this morning, I knew that I made the right decision.

The one thing I did for others may sound so corny, but I had a lot of fun doing it.  When I left a client’s apartment building after doing a home visit, I noticed a few vending machines in the lobby.  So, I took out a piece of paper and wrote the following note, “Enjoy a treat today, and know that you are special”.  I then put four quarters inside the note and put it in the change return slot of one of the vending machines.  No-one saw me do this, and I have no idea who found the note.  It is my hope that the person who found it was made to feel special and that it was a bit of a bright spot in their day.  In my own life, I know that the kindness of strangers can mean as much as the kindness of family and friends, so, I hope the recipient liked this gesture as much as I liked doing it.

So, that’s what I did, and I learned that it was better late than never.  I hope to be back on track with my daily postings, but if I am delayed in writing again, which I am sure will happen over the course of this venture, I now know that the sun will still come up, the good deeds still matter, and more opportunities to do good will present themselves each and every day. 

Just one thing each day . . .

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