It was another day of my youngest daughter and me being in the midst of germ warfare at home, as we hunkered down and battled our respective colds. We are doing everything within our power to get well, but we really just need to let this run its course and hope it departs soon. While our contact with the outside world remains limited, the ability to do something positive for myself and for others was unlimited.
While I did feel somewhat better today, I still felt under the weather, so, I focused on what I needed to do to recover. I slept later than usual, drank plenty of hot green tea and water, chose fruits and lean proteins to eat, and used my energy to get through my pre-holiday list of tasks. I was gentle with myself and did what I could, and I found that when I took the pressure off of myself to perform up to my usual standards and expectations, I actually felt better and accomplished even more than I set out to do. Many times when my plans go awry, I give in to panic, disappointment, or frustration, but today, I was able to go with the flow and do what I needed to do to take care of myself. By the end of the day, I was feeling much better, and I hope that this will carry over to tomorrow. I am ready to be back in good health.
In the past week, my daughters and I have received several gracious gifts from family and friends, so, today, the three of us wrote ‘thank you’ notes to these generous people. In today’s day and age of e-cards and text messages, the handwritten ‘thank you’ note has become the exception, not the rule. I always have been a stickler for writing ‘thank you’ cards, as I believe that if someone put in the time, energy, and effort to do something kind or buy a gift, then, the least you can do is to thank that person with a heartfelt note. In addition to thanking each giver for the specific gift they gave, we also thanked them for the intangible gifts they give us throughout the year, such as their friendship, support, love, wisdom, etc. We hope that each person who receives these notes of thanks can feel the love and appreciation that we sent with each one. We are grateful indeed.
So, in my own small way, that’s what I did today to try to make my world and the world at large a kinder, gentler, if not merrier and brighter, place to be. I hope that I succeeded, and I hope to keep the momentum going into tomorrow and beyond.
Just one thing each day . . .
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