Have you ever had moments in your life when someone or something kindles a spark of gratitude within you and changes your perspective on life ever so subtly, or not so subtly?
I remember one instance, back when I was barely out of my teens, while attending college as a bright-eyed freshman. It was the first day of a “Psychology 101” class. Everyone in class looked around my age, except a 60-plus-years-old African American woman. I will never forget what she said as we went around a seated circle introducing ourselves.
I have worked hard all my life. I have made sure my five children grow up the right way,”
She began as her heavy-set chest heaved up and down.
“And now that my youngest has graduated college, it is finally my turn.”
Her happiness, well, glee, was apparent as she flashed a ear-to-ear grin at us.
The class greeted her story with spontaneous applause. She became my inspiration, and taught me several things that day. I was reminded of everything my parents have done to give me the opportunity of a college education. I was inspired by my new friend, who may have delayed her dreams, but never let them out of her sight.
Have you had moments in your life when someone or something kindles a spark of gratitude in you? Do share, for in sharing, and in knowing gratitude, lies the secret behind a happy heart.