“Expect nothing, appreciate everything” is my go-to life motto that I have embraced for years. Too often I’ve seen people who feel entitled and are unappreciative of the blessings they already have heaped upon them-good health, loving family, a stable job, etc. and instead are always looking for more, more, more because that is what they think will make them happy. MORE.
Wake up, folks-no one is guaranteed anything. I used to volunteer at Gilda’s Club in Chicago and hang out with cancer patients, serving dinner among other things. They coached us to just say it like it is, “Cancer sucks and shit happens. Fight it as hard as you can and appreciate each day we are given.” Having been widowed at the ripe old age of 21, I can definitely say that this tragic experience taught me to not sweat the small stuff and appreciate life. As I reminded one of my bosses when we were discussing a challenging situation, “no one died so let’s just chill and work it out”. Many variables can affect our lives that we have no control over. A 23 year old man is not supposed to die but he did. So I’ve always tried to work hard, love big and expect nothing while appreciating the hell out of everything I do have and cherishing every day the little things in life like exploring a new city, reading a good book, warm socks, or dinner with friends.
Today as I served hundreds of hungry homeless guests at our Shared Breakfast, I was once again reminded to appreciate everything. We were lucky to have received a donations of hats, gloves and socks for our guests that we will share throughout December. Our guests were so thankful not only for the hot, nutritious meal we served to them at their table but the added bonus of these hats/gloves/socks which will help them stay dry and warm while living on the streets of Seattle. Coming home to drawers full of socks, I imagined how it would feel to own only the socks on my feet. I am so thankful for my ability to have a job that allows us to have not only socks but a warm home with food whenever we are hungry. Others do not have this luxury. If you feel so inclined and want to assist this great organization that is 100% volunteer-driven and where all donations go to buying food, you can go to this site and give to Shared Breakfast.
As we travel to Boise to spend the holidays, I will love being with my family. And I will appreciate the lovely meals we will share and the gifts we will give. But mostly I will appreciate our health, our love and our happiness to be all together as a family for even a short amount of time. That’s my true gift. And I will never, ever take it for granted. I will appreciate everything, every day. Happy holidays all!