The Man With Freckles

I remember it vividly.
I watched him
Bumble down the sidewalk.
He wore torn pants and
His shirt was dirty
But what I noticed most
Was his freckles, his smile
And how he greeted everyone.
“Good morning!” he said
And nodded his head.
He almost fell once
Then righted himself and went on.
The summer I worked in the city
I saw him every morning
And I couldn’t help but wonder
Why was he alone?
Where was his family?
And how could he always be so happy?
I never saw him ask for a penny
And I never saw his smile dim.
I often wonder about him
When I pass through the city now.
Is he still greeting each day with a smile?
If only we all could learn
Kindness and endless joy from him,
Maybe the world would be
A happier place.

Happy and Grateful – Day 67

As March begins I continue with my goal to find happiness and gratitude every day.  There is at least some small thing that can bring a smile and give you a moment to be grateful for.  Please join me in looking for the good moments of the day … it would be great if you would share them in the comments or on your own blog.  Be aware of the little wonders of the day!

If “the antidote for fifty enemies is one friend.” (Aristotle) then the smiling picture of a best friend must be a cure for depression.  Out of the blue today my friend sent me a picture of himself… and he was actually smiling in it; that is kind of a rarity.  I have struggled with fatigue again today and am still stiff and sore from my walk… I was definitely down today and that smile really made me feel good for a while.

Just to know someone is thinking of you from time to time is enough to help improve a mood some days.  Today has been a bit of a struggle, but I got through it.  And it was nice to get a smile sent to me, it made me happy and I smiled too.  I am so grateful to have my best friend in my life… he has been quite a lifeline for me in tough times.  Not that he will read this but, I love you Jack!

Happy and Grateful – Day 44

This is February and I am well on my way to attaining a goal I set for myself.  I am trying to post every day with happiness and gratitude that I have encountered that day.  There is always something no matter how small it may seem that we can be grateful for and even just a shared smile can make you happy if only for a moment.  Please try to find those moments for yourself too…  if you’re up to it I would love if you would share them too in the comments or your own blog.  Being aware can really turn a day around!

I have struggled today.  I feel I hurt someone unintentionally, my boyfriend has been really distant and I forgot my morning meds again.  Not a great day.  And by tonight I am really feeling the effects of it all.  I keep fighting tears, even though I know I should just let them fall… maybe after I get all my emotions out one way or another.  Right now we work on happy.

So on days like this it is really important to find the good, the happy moments.  I had that moment when I was taking my Dad to the clinic for a blood draw.  Walking to the lab I have to go past pediatrics and this little boy, couldn’t have been more than 18 months, 2 years at most… he stopped right next to me, looked up puzzled and then gave me back the biggest grin when I smiled at him.  That was a moment of true happiness.  I am grateful for simple pleasures like that today and everyday.  There is something about a child’s smile, most of the time it is so honest and precious.  I hope someone smiled at you today and made your day better too!  🙂