As I sat musing over the last week, things that had happened, and things that made me happy. I came to the conclusion that I am grateful for people.
The last job I had left me pretty jaded and kind of ruined my faith in humanity. I knew it had taken a tole on me because I didn’t want to hate people. I used to love people and I didn’t know how to get back to being that that loving, happy person again.
It has been a slow process, but I can slowly feel myself coming back to being happy again. I watched a movie over the weekend that really hit home for me.
The movie is called Philomena, and there is a part at the end where the main character forgives someone who seems very unforgivable. The man who has been helping her, Martin, is amazed that she would do such a thing, so she tells him:
Philomena: But I don’t want to hate people. I don’t want to be like you. Look at you.
Martin Sixasmith: I’m angry.
Philomena: Must be exhausting.
She forgives because she does not want to remain angry. It’s hard to forgive sometimes, but staying angry does take it’s tole and is so exhausting. God has so much to bless us with if we forgive.
I sat thinking of the people who made my life better this past week, but who I didn’t really give a second thought to when I saw them or talked to them.
First is Adam, my brother-in-law. He was at the school with my husband and some friends having a video game night and I was just at home alone and didn’t really know if anyone was coming to hang out with me. Adam texted me and told me there was an extra TV if I wanted to go watch the movie at the school. He not only let me watch it on his Google Play account so I didn’t have to pay for it, he also watched it with me. I don’t know what else I would have done that night, but I was really grateful he invited me that night.
Second is my Mom. While I was a home alone for a couple hours that same night, I called my Mom like I do every day, and she talked to me a for a while. She talks to me no matter what mood I am in, and she is always my friend no matter what. I didn’t get along with my family very much growing up, but once you go to college and get married you realize that your family is all you’ve got sometimes. I’m glad I have such a patient mom who was an amazing Mom to me growing up and is now an amazing friend.
The last person I thought of was my friend Shari. Shari has been working in my office at the school for a few months now, but they just moved her job up to a different building. I was feeling ok about this, but then realized the next day how lonely my office was now. Since she moved to a different building I didn’t know if we would stay friends.
On Saturday, Dallas and I went to the St. George temple and as I was walking into the dressing room I ran into her leaving. I was so happy to see her and she seemed very happy to see me. She is the sweetest person ever and I think that is what I needed that day to just confirm that I did have friends if I just made a little better of an effort to keep them.
This was kind of a long winded post, but I want to know what you are grateful for today. You don’t have to go into as much detail as I did, but I would love to know what you noticed you are grateful for recently.
Have a great rest of your week!