Pretty gloomy day here in Chicago yesterday. And I’m ready to be back at work yet right livelihood hasn’t appeared exactly to the minute on my timetable. I was feeling pretty glum.
My grandma said “if you’re unhappy, pick up your broom.” My spiritual path teaches that the way out of our self-absorbed unhappiness is to be of service to others. So after I painted a door in my basement (“pick up your broom”) I called my friend Kay and asked if she wanted to go visit our friend Ann.
About a month ago Ann, who had a serious stroke 14 years ago, was on her way to a medical appointment with her husband Tom. They had a head-on car accident and Tom was killed. Ann’s ‘bad’ leg (the one the stroke left impaired) was crushed. The stroke left her unable to care for herself – Tom has been doing that. Her fate is pretty up in the air right now and her day-to-day looks very hard.
We hope our visit was of some cheer to Ann – Kay and I remarked how it didn’t exactly lift our low spirits but that we were very glad we went.
Still feeling glum, I called my best friend who reminded me that walking always helps my disposition. While on my walk, I got a call from my friend Caryn who reported that her new chemotherapy is working – her cancer cells are WAY down.
That’s when it all came together for me:”
“It’s all right
Even if the sun don’t shine
…happy just to be here
happy to be alive…”
Each morning when I awaken, my initial prayer includes gratitude for my good health and asking God for good health for today.
Kay and I had reflected on our car ride back how lucky we are to drive, to open our water bottle by ourselves, to walk into the house unaided, etc.
I forget that. I forget how totally blessed I am to have robust good health. Yes, I focus on health and try to ‘do the next right thing’ – but honestly? Ann probably did too. Some of it is just ‘luck’/’chance’/being abundantly blessed.
So today, no matter what happens, it’s a GREAT day thanks to the tremendous blessing of health. I am so grateful, I am so blessed!