Two chance encounters really gave me new perspective today on being appreciative.
As I left the grocery store this morning, I drove by the strip mall and noticed an older gentleman walking his dog. The dog wasn't moving very well, and as I looked back in my rearview mirror I saw the two of them sit down. I was concerned, because it was only 20 degrees outside.
So, I turned around and went back to see if they were okay. It ended up that he was waiting for a friend to pick them up. His dog needed to go back to the vet to have her stitches taken out from surgery. He had taken her for a walk and she got tired so he just plopped down where she wanted to rest.
The second encounter was at the gas station. After I paid and was leaving the store, a younger guy held the door open for me. I thanked him and headed to my car. I then saw him head to his car with the hood being held down by a bungee cord and the driver's side window covered by a piece of cloth.
When we slow down and take the time to observe and interact with others, we learn a lot about how to live life.
Lesson learned: People are compassionate and caring no matter what their circumstances are.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.