Attitude of Gratitude No. 3


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I am grateful this minute for getting my student ID. Yay, I am an official student! I took care of some other things at school that needed to be done, too.

I am grateful that these things are off of my T0-Do list and I was so happy and proud to get my ID. I was giggling when it was handed to me, all pretty, shiny and new.

I must admit, I was flabbergasted at technology, too. In 45 seconds we can PRINT plastic ID cards!

Love to all on this bountiful Tuesday evening. 

Attitude of Gratitude No. 2


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I am grateful this minute for interesting conversation with my fellow bloggers. They always have a new viewpoint I’ve never considered, some fantastic inspiration, or something to teach me that I desperately needed to learn. I like that I am able to talk about such a wide variety of topics. Thank you fellow bloggers, for giving me such wonderful gifts to ponder.

Love to all on this gorgeous Sunday evening. 

Things I Learned From Living in a Homeless Shelter. No. 4


In 2007, I spent several months living in a homeless shelter. It was one of my greatest experiences. One that I wouldn’t trade for anything. It was a gift actually. I had so much to learn and the universe didn’t let me down. It gave me the gift of “rock bottom.” Some of the knowledge I now possess, could not have been learned in any other way. I wasn’t unhappy in the shelter, I turned it into an adventure, and kept a great sense of humor. That is why you’ll find that some of my examples are rather humorous. Others though, are very serious.

Homeless Shelter Learns, No. 4:

I learned to tolerate people who are different. I will easily admit, it had never been one of my strengths. I came from a tiny town, where everyone appeared the same on the outside. They acted the same, dressed the same, and seemed to have the same values. But being in the shelter, finally, I was exposed to a huge variety of differences. Hey, with over 200 people sleeping in the same room, well, I had no choice but to become more tolerant. But then I found I was amazed, NO dazzled by the amount of unique personalities, beliefs and habits that I encountered. I realized that I could learn something from anyone, absolutely anyone, no matter their backgrounds or circumstances. Now, I positively relish meeting people from all over the world. This experience served me well! I love different, and I am proud of that. Different, when you stop and think about it, is the same as same, because we are all human, so what’s the problem with external diversity, whether it be religion, sexual orientation or ethnic group? There isn’t one, we just make one up in our heads.

:-)

Things I Learned From Living in a Homeless Shelter. No. 3


Shrunken Donuts

In 2007, I spent several months living in a homeless shelter. It was one of my greatest experiences. One that I wouldn’t trade for anything. It was a gift actually. I had so much to learn and the universe didn’t let me down. It gave me the gift of “rock bottom.” Some of the knowledge I now possess, could not have been learned in any other way. I wasn’t unhappy in the shelter, I turned it into an adventure, and kept a great sense of humor. That is why you’ll find that some of my examples are rather humorous. Others though, are very serious.

Homeless Shelter Learns, No. 3:

I learned to have a better sense of humor – A person can, in fact, eat donuts that have shrunken to hockey pocks and survive. Not only that, a person can learn to like them because you don’t get them very often. I suppose I missed having some coffee to go with them, or at least soften them up a bit, but I enjoyed them nonetheless. It can be quite fun, also, to take part in an impromptu contest: who has the most brick-like donut?

:-)

Things I Learned From Living in a Homeless Shelter. No. 2


In 2007, I spent several months living in a homeless shelter. It was one of my greatest experiences. One that I wouldn’t trade for anything. It was a gift actually. I had so much to learn and the universe didn’t let me down. It gave me the gift of “rock bottom.” Some of the knowledge I now possess, could not have been learned in any other way. I wasn’t unhappy in the shelter, I turned it into an adventure, and kept a great sense of humor. That is why you’ll find that some of my examples are rather humorous. Others though, are very serious.

Homeless Shelter Learns, No. 2:

I learned to be more compassionate – by fifty-fold. Yes, I suppose it was that significant. Well, I saw some serious heartache. Could you ever guess that some people are so lonely and hurting so badly that they sleep with detergent bottles for comfort, holding them near and dear like a baby? Probably not.

Shock, right? Who would think of this until they have seen it?

I used to watch her, as she slept, and wonder what it was, EXACTLY that made her hurt so much. It puzzled me and it made me want to cry. She was such a pretty woman, and I could see that inside she was beautiful, too, and yes, I could also see the internal battles raging, though I had no idea what started the war. I wanted to reach out, to ask a million questions, to give her a hug, but I knew better. She just had that look, “Stay away!” I respected the look, but I tried anyway to at least make eye contact, to offer a smile. A couple of times she did smile at me, a quick jerky smile with another look that said, “You look like a nice person, but I’m sorry, I’ve just been through too much and I can’t bring myself to trust you.” I understood. Somehow, I did.

What bothered me the most was to see her ridiculed. Yes, it’s hard to believe, but many shunned her, picked away at her mind, laughed behind her back, instead of trying to understand that she must have been in terrible pain. That made me want to scream. Oh yes, it did. I wanted to yell at those people and tell them to have some compassion, but I didn’t. I knew better than to do that, too. If you dared to raise your voice, you’d find yourself in some SERIOUS trouble. In fact, you could get kicked out of the shelter for acting out in any way. So, I just held it in, and I suppose the holding in was one of the main reasons why I had such a hard time dealing with anger when I finally left the shelter. I had no frustration tolerance. Well, I can’t blame me, really. It was hard to watch the pain.

Stay tuned for No. 3…

Things I Learned From Living in a Homeless Shelter. No. 1


In 2007, I spent several months living in a homeless shelter. It was one of my greatest experiences. One that I wouldn’t trade for anything. It was a gift actually. I had so much to learn and the universe didn’t let me down. It gave me the gift of “rock bottom.” Some of the knowledge I now possess, could not have been learned in any other way. I wasn’t unhappy in the shelter, I turned it into an adventure, and kept a great sense of humor. That is why you’ll find that some of my examples are rather humorous. Others though, are very serious.

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Homeless Shelter Learns, No. 1:

I learned to be more patient. Three times a day, I stood in line for two hours for my meals. That gave me a wonderful and new appreciation for food. I determined to enjoy it, no matter what it was that I was served, even if they were things that I could not identify, which believe me happened quite a bit. I also felt empathy for the people who were sweating profusely behind the pass-through, in hyper-heat, to make our meals. Keeping empathy and appreciation in mind, I became less impatient. Five years later, I feel lucky to be able to grow my own food. I await the fruits patiently and am mindful of the miracle that is watching food grow.

What Gift Have You Been Given That Seems Like a Curse?


It’s funny how life has a way of throwing at you just what you need to learn a valuable lesson. Or, gulp…MANY lessons.

The Universe took things away from me that I’d been taking for granted - and it hurt. I felt cursed. But, in doing so, it humbled me and graced me with gratitude. It gave me perspective and provided me (finally) with much-needed direction. Direction that is consistent with my true nature.

Oh, the learns I’ve learned. Thank you, Universe!

What gift have you been given that only SEEMS like a curse?

Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.~ Aldous Huxley

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