Help Lauren cont'd
After Lauren and I finished talking, we walked across the
yard back to the reception area. As we approached the
door, Lauren said, with a big smile, 'I have a present for you.'
She bent down and picked up a small rock and said 'Here,
this is your gratitude rock, carry it with you all the time
and every time you touch it find something to be grateful for.'
So I did. Well after the first week, and being grateful for my
children, wife, nice car, nice house, yada, yada, yada, all
the big things we are all grateful for, the second week was a
bit more difficult. It was in this second week I realized how
ungrateful I really was. I was all out of things to be grateful
for, or at least I thought I was.
Tuesday morning, I stopped by the grocery store to get cash
from the ATM. I was walking in the grocery store and
reaching for my wallet and I touched the rock and I heard
Lauren's voice just as plain as day say, 'every time you
touch the rock think of something you're grateful for.' Huh??
My mind was miles away, being grateful was not on my list.
As I walked into the store, I was captivated by everything that
surrounded me. A machine that dispenses cash, beautiful
cut flowers, fresh apples, oranges, strawberries. I felt like
I'd never been in a grocery store before. I was not there to buy
anything but I walked thru the produce section and as I did,
I heard Lauren say, 'just think of all the people it took to bring
these flowers, apples and strawberries to this store, look at
all the choices you have. Be grateful for your choices and be
grateful to all the people it took to bring them to you.'