“Contemplate the extent and stability of the heavens, and then at last cease to admire worthless things.” Boethius
So just when I get to the point where I start to feel sorry for myself just a little, I realize how blessed I really am. After 6 months without one, I went to get a haircut so that I could go on a job interview (crossing my fingers!) this week. The young woman who does my hair is expecting a baby any day now. We talked about the financial stresses we are both going through. She is self-employed, so taking time off from work for the baby will have a big impact on her. We talked about the joys of shopping at Grocery Outlet and how to get creative to make ends meet. On my way out, I went to pay for my cut and she said “Next time.” I was so stunned that I nearly cried and I gave her a huge hug.
So this same day, on my way home, my younger sister calls me and tells me that she is going to send us some “extra” school supplies that she bought this year. I suspected right away that they weren’t extras, but bought to help us out. I was happy to have them either way. Then she informs me that she is also going to send me a little money. They had a garage sale recently and made more than expected, so she is going to send us just a little to help get the kids set up for school. She said it was my turn for help, as I had always been there for her. Keep in mind, she too may lose her job and has recently had her hours cut. Again, I was on the verge of tears.
Then I get a call from my next older sister, and she and my mom were coming up for the day. This is a 3-hour drive – not some drop-by visit. I assumed this was because I was whining to her the night before because a job I thought was in the bag was falling apart. And to top it off, I was going to splurge to make myself feel better (I am also PMS’ing mind you!) by getting a chocolate fling donut at Krispy Kreme, only to find out that they no longer carry them. I was a in a BAD state to say the least – LOL! I assumed their visit was to check on my mental health. Anyway, turns out that she had bought my kids MORE clothes for school. I was trying to make do with what we had and only buying a few must-have items until one of us got a job. Again, the love and generosity abounds.
People are good to you when you need it the most.
And just to make sure you cry, here is a link to a video about living in the moment from The Happiness Project writer Gretchen Rubin. Enjoy.