1/3/09, It snowed all day today and I had the opportunity to enjoy the lazy day and take a wonderful nap. When it snows, I often hear the crack of a tree branch in the woods as the snow weighs heavily on its arm.
I heard three amazing things today that I wanted to share with you. The first was in church, during the youth mass. The youth choir and band surrounded the mass with songs. It was when the two young soloists sang, that I actually shifted my seat to take a look at the girls singing their solo parts, with angel like voices. I fully appreciated their vocal range and talents in singing. When you hear something so beautiful, it warms your heart to the point that you stop the world around you to take in the beauty of the sound.
The second was during the homily when the priest said, "To show up and be there is not the only thing in life, you need to engage. Do something to help, to take part." I heard this loud and clear. Each day, I need to do one thing to help someone else. I know that I do this on a daily basis with my family, but will make it a point to reach out to someone else, each day.
Finally, we decided to have dinner at a local diner, "Julie's Place." When we entered the establishment, the waitress greeted me, with such warmth, brightness and happiness. She said "Welcome back, it's been a while since you've been here. I've missed seeing you. Did you get a new coat for Christmas?" My husband made a joking comment about "She doesn't need christmas to get new coats." I was taken back by all of this, not by the words that she had said, but by the fact that I looked at her face and didn't recognize her. ( A topic that I am sure will be shared in a future post about aging and memory.) When I was finally able to absorb the words that she said; I realized the importance of being kind to people as they will remember it and will return the kindness back in the future. Her words and actions throughout the night made for a very sweet and memorable dinner.
Feel free to comment on something that you heard that you would like to remember.
Tommorow's goal is to find the beauty in Touch.