I have been inspired this week by some truly beautiful people.
My amazing coworker is recovering from surgery and facing chemotherapy for breast cancer. She takes each day as it comes and faces every hurdle with steadfast determination. I admire her inner will and fierce perseverance.
On the news, I heard about a 10 year old girl who learned about Ghana in school and decided they needed clothes and supplies more than she needed birthday gifts. She organized a fundraiser and filled a car that her aunt donated with needed items to be shipped overseas. I admire her selfless compassion and desire to serve.
Following the jet crash in Virginia Beach last week, numerous stories surfaced about those who were someplace else when they should have been home, right at the crash site. They attested to losing everything in the fire but were just thankful to be alive. One pilot who was found by residents could only apologize after being ejected out of the jet, saying repeatedly “I’m sorry.” I admire the resiliency of the human spirit shown by the people and the honor and humility of the pilot.
This morning, I came across a post from a friend that made my day. It depicted various animals and what made them happy. I think we can learn a lot from these creatures. I know I did.
Awareness that life is a series of profound absurdities that are beyond your control (and not your fault)
Have no particular place to be
Seize the day
See the silver lining
Look adversity in the face (and squawk contentedly at it)
A sense of humor
The simple things in life require our attention
Strong sense of self worth
Hard work, simple, old-fashioned values
Delight in companionship
Show kindness and good humor
See the fun side of things
Persistent, unmitigated enthusiasm
Wisdom and grace
Take life as it comes
See each new challenge as an opportunity
Discover joy in the little things
Fierce, unshakable hopefulness
Unabashed sense of wonder at the everyday marvels that the world has to offer
Welcome each new opportunity with open arms and a glad heart
You never know what life will bring, how hard it will be, or when the storm will pass. When you think you’ve got it rough, remember and pray for those who have it much harder. Count your blessings and look for the good in every day. It’s there, waiting to be embraced.