This morning I did something that I don’t normally do.
I stopped at the coffee shop down the street for a chocolate croissant and a mint tea on my way to work.
You see, I’ve had a crazy week full of ups and downs. I needed chocolate.
On Tuesday I got some news that totally bummed me out and for the past few days, I’ve felt this dark cloud hang over my head.
This morning while I was sweating my way through a yoga class I worked hard to inhale joy and exhale disappointment.
I was determined to turn my feelings of disappointment into a feeling of gratitude and joy.
That brings me to my chocolate croissant and Anna, the barista at the coffee shop.
As she rung up my order she said, “This is weird and you don’t know me but I just want you to know that I really appreciate all you do for the community.”
I choked back a tear and I told Anna thank you, that I was so thankful for her kindness because I needed to hear those words today.
In fact, she’ll never know how much those words meant to me.
Life is funny, it’s as if the universe or some source greater than myself knew exactly what I needed to hear.
Thank you, Anna.
I’m going to pay it forward and today I’m going to tell someone that I appreciate what they are doing.
I’m going to spread some joy.
To make someone feel a glimmer of hope.
Perhaps the way to truly find joy is to have a heart full of gratitude instead of discouragement.
Inhale joy. Exhale disappointment.
That’s what Anna showed me today.
Will you join me as I breathe in gratitude and joy?