Today’s Theme Is Gratitude, Humility and Empathy

I’m sitting here in the Atlanta airport almost 24 hours into my journey home.

  • I’ve slept on a floor.
  • Lost my bags.
  • Watched the doors close in my face for the last flight home.
  • Given up in frustration over someone’s inability to make decaf coffee.

…And I’m not even home yet!

Last night (actually earlier this morning) I had a long conversation with myself…. I needed an attitude adjustment.

I was safe (the airline had to make an unplanned stop in Ft. Lauderdale to fix broken radar).

My beautiful wife was with me (we hadn’t killed each other and we’re functioning as a team).

I am near a clean bathroom (they clean them fully at 3:00 am by the way).

I asked God what I should take away from all this and here’s the inspiration I received:

  • Practice humility. Remember, you’re no better than anyone else…. others have it worse than you tonight.
  • Practice empathy. You have no idea what the person next to you is going through.
  • Practice gratitude. No matter what, you are blessed and loved in total abundance always.

So today I’m going to suffer with a smile… because it’s not actually suffering at all.

Today is a gift if you’re willing to accept it as such.

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  • Jena

    Reply Reply February 20, 2020

    I really loved this, and it’s a great reminder to stop and breathe, pray, and shift your focus onto gratitude…and I agree, today IS A GIFT! 🙂 Thank you!

  • Jami

    Reply Reply February 26, 2020

    Thank you for sharing your story. It’s a great reminder to try and put things in perspective. I get caught up in myself all the time and forget to think about the larger picture.. and that it’s not all about me!

  • Virginia Reeves

    Reply Reply February 26, 2020

    Good for you Jim for taking a step back and re-assessing. You recognized that you could not change the situation easily so acceptance was better than frustration. Always, there are others who are worse off. Sometimes reaching out to others who are trapped in the same circumstances can be fun and enlightening – if we let it be.

  • Wendy Owen

    Reply Reply February 26, 2020

    A good reminder when things are looking bleak. Another good idea is to stop listening to the news, which always puts a negative spin on everything!

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