The first thing I do each morning is go downstairs and turn on the coffee maker. Although it’s programmable, going up and down the stairs helps me to wake up. I turned on the machine and headed back upstairs to get dressed.
A few minutes later, the aroma of the freshly percolated coffee wafted up the stairs. I scurried downstairs for that all important first cup of coffee. Unfortunately, my first cup, along with the entire pot, covered the counter top and the floor. Coffee was everywhere, except in my mug. There wasn’t one drop that had made it inside the pot.
By the time I cleaned up the mess, I was late. I was forced to leave the house without any caffeine, which is not good. I wasn’t out of my neighborhood more than a minute and I ran over an opossum. I felt bad, especially because the opossum was in the middle of the road investigating his buddy who had recently become road kill.
The remainder of my day continued about the same. Computer issues at the office consumed most of my day and a major accident backed up traffic for miles. Once home, my day took a turn, when I spied a package on my front porch from blogger and dear friend, Maria.
I recently won a contest on her blog and I knew a prize was forthcoming. What I didn’t know was how special a Priority Mail box could be. From the moment I opened the box, every frustration from the day melted and happiness filled my heart.
The time and thoughtfulness that went into each hand decorated gift bag was unbelievable, especially when I thought about her daily struggles. Like myself, my friend Maria suffers from an autoimmune disease. Every day she goes to combat against Rheumatoid arthritis, but you would never know the challenges she faces. Her love for life radiates, as she makes the most of each day. She is a true inspiration to anyone who lives with a chronic illness.
On that day, my friend Maria turned a crummy day into a day that proved there is still a lot of love and kindness in the world. Thank you, Maria.