Ever since I was a little girl, I have enjoyed reading books. At times during my life, like during undergraduate and graduate school and when my daughters were infants, I put my reading for pure pleasure aside, as I busied myself with other tasks and chores. Thankfully, like faithful companions, when I made the time to read again, my books were ready and waiting for me. Like music, I sample reading material from a variety of genres and authors, but in the past few years, I seem to gravitate toward inspirational and motivational books, both fiction and non-fiction. Late last summer, I purchased a series of three small books that dealt with setting and achieving goals, and while I never ended up reading them, it is my hope that they change the lives of another person.
I was in the middle of reading another book when these trio of books arrived, so, I set them aside to peruse at a later date. By the time that later date rolled around, I decided that these books were not what I was in need of at this time, as I was interested in reading about other topics. It seemed a like a hassle to return the books after so many months, so, I once again set them aside. I came across them a few weeks ago and decided to find a new home for them. So, I taped a note that explained that these books were free to a good home and that I hoped that the reader would enjoy them to one of the books and rubber banded them together, and I tucked them inside of my purse, as I looked for the right spot to leave them to be discovered.
This afternoon, as I was sitting in the allergists’ office with my daughters, I looked around the waiting area and observed that there were older men and women, moms and dads with children of a variety of ages, teenagers, young adults, and middle-aged adults. I also noted that the reading material was sparse and outdated, and I quickly determined that this was the perfect spot to leave a set of books that were meant to inspire people to dream, plan, and take action to reach their goals. I put the books on a table and left, confident that they would find their way to the right person among the diverse group assembled there. Books are among the best gifts to give, and giving these books to someone else was one of the best things I could do today.
I have done a number of positive things for myself today, such as exercise, read, laugh, and tackle some tasks on my ‘To Do’ list, but the best thing that I am going to do for myself has yet to happen. This evening, I am meeting some very special friends for dinner, and I am smiling just thinking about it. These friends make me laugh, dry my tears, dispense solid advice, challenge and support me, and love and accept me, flaws and all. We are truly a motley crew.
Life has gotten in the way lately, so, it has been some time since we all have been able to gather together to eat, drink, and be merry. There are plenty of other things I could do this evening, as a mom’s work is never done, both inside and outside of the home, but I need and want to be in the wonderful company of my friends. In less than two hours, my body, mind, heart, and baby soul will find nourishment and comfort with this delightful cast of characters, and that is one mighty fine way to end today, or any other day for that matter, indeed.
Just one thing each day . . .
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