Another Day, Another Wonderful Day

Did you ever wake up and say, “Gosh, I am one lucky fool”. I admit that I have awakened in the past and not had the word “lucky” in my morning exclamation. Then one day, I started looking at the world around me and realized that I am doing all right.

I wake up without the pressures of having to go to work and my belly doesn’t ache for the lack of food. There are so many in the world that can’t say that. I have friends that check up on me when they haven’t heard from me in a while. They offer to take me out if they think I am becoming too much of a recluse.

Today, a Panamanian friend of mine had a birthday and I bought her a Dairy Queen ice cream cake. It was the first she had ever seen and she was thrilled. It is nice to be able to do something so simple for someone else and see such joy.

As I mentioned in a previous post, today I had some good ice cream. Besides the enjoyment I got from the ice cream, I got a second set of enjoyment by being able to share the experience with all of you. There are so many small businesses out there that just need others to know they exist. I am happy to do my small part in making them known.

As I write this I am listening to Spotify play selections by Dolly Parton, Elvis Presley, and other of my artists for the day. Music always makes me happy. In the background, I hear the sound of rain hitting the ground out back.

I was just talking to my cousin, in Oklahoma, this morning and she was telling me that they really needed rain. They had to sell all of their cattle because of the drought. She said when they walked across their fields, it sounded like they were walking on crackers.

When I told her I was getting an inch of rain most afternoons, she said she was going to hang up on me. I am fortunate to be living where I do. Sometimes I forget to remember how lucky I am.

How appropriate that Dolly is singing “A coat of many colors”. It is amazing that one’s perspective can make all the difference between being rich and poor. With the friends that I have, with my health intact, with food in the pantry, and with joy in my heart, I am one lucky fool.

7 thoughts on “Another Day, Another Wonderful Day

  1. I always start the day with just being grateful that I did wake up. After that, the rest of the day is easy sledding.
    Your cousin and lots of others are really hurting for rain. Many ranchers can’t afford the water haul to keep cattle alive. A friend of mine loaded 4 calves into the trailer last week and hauled them to auction. Couldn’t get anything for them. On the way home he decided to make a side trip to his favorite BBQ joint and left the trailer on the side of the road while he took the truck into town. He had a marker and a cardboard box and printed up a sign, “FREE CALVES”.
    When he finished supper and drove back for the trailer, there were SEVEN calves in there!
    jim and nena
    fort worth

  2. My father, when he got near the end, used to say, “Every day above ground is a good day.” I think we have it significantly better than that. Thanks for your thoughtful words.

  3. It is always a joy to hear someone express their happiness of being alive and well.
    Optimism is indeed a treat that allows us to create value in our daily lives.

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