Gift From Gwen

Posted by Shelley Baur, Author Integrity-Based Communications in Relationships tagged with , ,

Gift From Gwen

Yesterday started out fairly typically, but ended with amazing grace, thanks to a gift from Gwen.

I arrived first at a charming Midtown restaurant, chose a window table in the sun, and scanned the menu.  It was unlike Gwen to be late, but couldn’t resist sending a text “R u on the way?”  After 20 minutes, I ordered and enjoyed lunch immensely, unperturbed.  Choosing to live on purpose. Hoped everything was okay.  At 12:30 Gwen sent a text, “Sorry, please forgive me” with a long explanation.  I replied “U r 4given.”

In the meantime, I sent a text to confirm my 2:00 meeting, resulting in a cancellation.  With two hours free, I headed to LaBaguette to pick up peach chaussons to surprise my mom and her lunch buddies.  They oohed, ahhed and savored every delicate morsel.

Mom mentioned that she was having a problem in her kitchen, which she had not been able to resolve since moving to her new retirement community.  I now had two hours to spare, and spent every minute with her, encouraging her to sit and direct what she wanted done.  I do believe the only thing I have ever accomplished that produced more happiness for her was a recent trip we took together to Alaksa — the 50th of the 50 states for her!

Last night, when I awoke at 11:00 p.m. and stayed awake until 3:00 a.m., I wrote out 10 pages of notes on projects that were stalled, solutions I was seeking, and the inspiration for this post.  What made this day so special?  Here’s what I’m taking away to apply on a daily basis:

* Choose to be content, even if disappointed;

* Choose to forgive lovingly and freely, without judging;

* Choose to spread spontaneous joy and delight, even if there’s much to fill the open time;

* Choose to serve others, pay attention to subtle hints for help;

* Choose to reflect on the many blessings of the day, even if everything you planned falls apart.

As I reflected on the day, trying to go back to sleep, I was overwhelmed with the gifts of grace, and I wept tears of ineffable joy.  Can’t wait to share this with my Mastermind partners.

Thank you, Gwen, for the unintended gift.  May I pay attention every day to the blessings that are right in front of my face!



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