All day long, I've not been very thankful. I didn't even want to write this stupid post. Ellie would be upset with me if she knew I just wrote a bad word ("stupid"). Some things I've been excited about lately ended up not panning out, which I realize happens all the time, but I just got bummed. Multiply that with the freezing weather, and with the stress that goes along with traveling pretty much non-stop and I just got really bummed.
One of the things I love about Meredith's dad - no, I'm not changing the subject, just transitioning - is that he is very wise, and sees things for the bigger picture. So, when Mere saw me in the dumps today she said the following:
My dad used to say you can pile your problems on top of everybody else's and once you see theirs, you'll probably want yours back. This reminded me of another tidbit I heard from her dad before, which I've also heard elsewhere, and it is so true:
"I cried because I had no shoes until I met a man who had no feet."
In this world, in this state, in this very city there is a lot of hurt. I lot of people in the dumps, for a lot better reason than mine. For example, it's 11 degrees outside right now and there are people - families - without homes. Meredith, who is great at cheering me up, especially when I don't want to be cheered up, had the idea of taking blankets and coats and warm clothes to Seven Hills Homeless Shelter for those who are less fortunate. Honestly, that was the LAST thing I wanted to do. Grudgingly, I went along and helped pick up items from our friends Amy (Sincerely Yours Amy) and Jenessa (our fave wedding planner) to add to ours and take to the shelter.
Let me leave you with this: I had a crappy day. But the bottom line is I am going to give twice as much this year as last year, so even though it's hard when I'm caught up in a million things that I've got going on, I've got to get off my bummed bum and do some good.
Lastly, if you've read this much, you deserve a treat: Meredith, in completely perfect irony, packed an electric blanket to give to the homeless shelter. I asked her where they were going to plug it in, and she said "I dodn't care. It is still a blanket." True.
Give until it hurts, y'all!
Talk to you soon,
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