My wise blogger-friend Rebecca, after reading my post "Sunflowers, Spinach, and Community", commented that ''...you don't have to own something to enjoy it."
My dear Rebecca, I can't get your comment out of my mind! Lately I've been noticing so many wonderful things that I enjoy...gratis!
I thought I'd start a list; and I'm hoping that you'll send a little note with a few of your favorite undeserved pleasures.
Here are a few things that I've enjoyed this week...
Cookies and goodies! Paraeducators were honored at my school last week. Every day people brought us the loveliest goodies! Food is so plentiful here in the U.S. that I fear we are often ungrateful when someone shares a plate of yummy cookies or a nice casserole. And yet, just think of how that same food might be received by a hungry child in the third world. Should I be any less grateful when someone takes the time to cook something for me?
Music. I love listening to all kinds of music while driving my car. It's free, and so uplifting!
Encouraging words. Last Sunday our pastor talked about taking risks. Just the thing this aspiring author needed to hear.
Birds Singing. Baron and I (yes I think I can speak for Baron in this case) have been so enjoying the songs of birds on our morning walks. There's one in particular that sounds something like "Seee-sawww, seeee-sawww". It's hauntingly beautiful. Baron and I keep gazing up into the branches of the giant firs, but we have yet to see who's singing to us!
Family. I so appreciate my husband, children, and grandchildren. Their love for me is unmerited and worth more than words can express. I cannot imagine my life without them.
There are so many other things I could list; but I'd like to hear from you. What have you enjoyed freely recently?
Note: Legalists need not respond. In other words, if you want to split hairs and insist that you deserve such things as libraries, roads, etc because you pay taxes, you are missing the point... and you will rob yourself of the pure joy that comes from true gratitude.