Posts Tagged ‘gratitude’

Note: I will be Counting the Omer for a total of 49 days, from Passover to Shavuot or from Slavery to Freedom.  For many, this is simply the Counting the Omer; for me, it is a time to actively reflect on different middot (character traits) that will lead me to my own rebirth.

Middah (character trait) focus: sense of wonder

Chava - New Glasses

Today I got new glasses.  While it might not seem like a big deal for most of my friends for me it was enormous.  I have needed new glasses for months, maybe even longer.  With finances what they have been, I had to wait until now.  And guess what? I am profoundly grateful to be able to see better!!! I didn’t know what I was missing until I got I put on the new glasses today.  And yet, I tend to see the beauty that surrounds me, only now I will see more of it.

This afternoon, I seemed to recieve a renewed sense of wonder for my home in the desert.  Beauty is surrounding me at every turn; I can see much more clearly, everything seems more vivid. Wow!!! Vision is truly a gift.

May each of us see the beauty that surrounds us as we walk in the world.  May we sense the wonder with all of our senses.

Sending blessings and light, Chava

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Note to Seeing the Door series:                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Wherever you go, possibilities surround you! By opening both your eyes and your heart, a door will always appear.

Have you ever noticed how many different types of doors exist in the world?  Nearly each and every door leads to an opportunity.  Some doors are physical; other doors are metaphoric.  All doors lead to opportunity.

Today, I didn’t feel good; in fact I have felt pretty rough since this past Friday.  With that in mind, I went to Walgreens to grab some Gatorade in hopes of giving myself some electrolytes.   You never know what will help when you are feeling blah.

So as I rushed out of my car, a gentleman stopped me and asked for some money to help fill his car with gas.  As I stood there feeling blah, he told me who he was and that his wife and child were in the restaurant just staying cool instead of outside under the hot Tucson sun.  I liked the man.  So, after getting my drinks, I handed him a $20 bill and a Gatorade.  The gratitude on his face was simply beautiful.  He asked me where he could find me later in the day so that he could pay me back; I didn’t need him to do that.  


To me, I was comfortable with the man.  I didn’t need to know any information about him; I just wanted to help him.  None of the details mattered.  While he told me where he worked and that he wanted to pay me back, I was just happy to lend a hand and perhaps make his day just a little easier.  In the end, I just asked him to ‘Pay It Forward’.  

I found my door today.  Did you?

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