Friday, June 27, 2014

The Gratitude Diaries

A Bowl Full of Humility

Yesterday, my daughter and I got all dolled up to attend a much-anticipated book signing in downtown Atlanta. We eagerly jumped in the car, and I turned the ignition, and my car wouldn’t start.  It made a disturbing clanking sound and stopped. I had drained my battery! Before I got ready to go to the event, I sat in my car for 45 minutes, and chatted on the phone with a friend while my headlights were still on, and the car’s fan was on. I had the air blowing out the vents, and the car wasn’t fully cranked up. This caused my battery to temporarily die. I was so devastated because I had no jumper cables, and I am “Ms. Independent.” Therefore, I froze at the prospect of asking my neighbors for help. I just couldn’t do it. I called someone I knew from our subdivision’s home association group, but he didn’t help at all. He thought he knew someone who could possibly help me, but he didn’t know whether the mystery guy was home or not. I was getting so aggravated. I even considered using my roadside assistance through my car insurance. I knew that that option would take hours though.

I sat in my car for about 30 minutes, trying to figure out who had cables, and who would have the patience to jump my battery. My daughter saw one of my neighbors, and decided to just ask him. I hesitated (again because I hate asking people for help). But my daughter had enough sense to ask, and as a result, my neighbor and his wife jumped my battery, and we were on our way. 

Day 2

“Today, I’m grateful for three things: good neighbors, a daughter with common sense, and the revelation that I need to get over the fear of asking people for help when I need it.”

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Gratitude Diaries

21 Days of Gratitude

All of us have annoying habits we’d like to break. So for the next 21 days I’ve decided to rid myself of such a habit.  I hate my annoying habit of finding the negative side of every situation. I decided to challenge myself for the next 21 days to see if I can break my negativity. I am dedicating 21 days of this blog to be grateful for one thing, each day for (at least) 21 days. Hopefully, this will be the beginning of the end of my negativity habit. 

As I reflect over the year 2013, the Christmas holiday instantly comes to mind. I had so much fun seeing my family this Christmas. The previous Christmas, I spent the holiday with friends. By the time I got together with family members in Macon, Georgia again, it was super hard not to be overly excited to see them! Today, I’m so grateful for having an awesome family to spend the holidays with! I’ve taken them for granted for so many years, but my family (especially my mom) has brightened so many of my holidays with singing, dancing, eating, fun and laughter.

 Day 1

“Today, I’m grateful for my family.”