On Thursdays I swim from 5:45 to 6:30 before work. Then I go to Tim Horton's to get oatmeal and coffee and go to work. That's my little routine. Yesterday when I got to the window to pay for my breakfast, the cashier said that the woman in front of me had paid for my order. I had no idea who it was, and she was gone before I could get out of the parking lot.
For a few dollars, some stranger made my day.
I've been keeping a regular old journal lately. Like with a real pen! I haven't done this in years and years, but I'm trying to make a daily practice of it again.
One of the things I'm doing is keeping a list each day of five things I'm grateful for. It's a simple maybe hokey little practice, but it really does change your focus throughout the day. It makes you look around to find things that make you happy.
#1. Yesterday, having someone buy my oatmeal and coffee was an easy one. I was so grateful for that.
But there are wonderful little things everywhere once you're looking for them.
#2. Like this tree. And the fact that I had time to pull over to photograph it on my way to yoga.
#3. And the sunlight yesterday that flooded the yoga studio. I put my mat down right in one of those rectangles of light.
Central Street Yoga.
#4. I had dinner at Kim and Dean's last night, friends who are like family to me. Having someone cook a delicious hot meal for me, and then sitting around a table and talking and feeling loved and understood. Yep, I'm grateful for that.
#5. I came home to find this status posted on facebook from a former student.
Five things I'm grateful for. Kindness from a stranger, something beautiful, something good for me, love from friends, and a thank you note. Wonderful little things.
Now go out there and pay attention, and buy a stranger breakfast.