develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything
that happens to us, we learn that every step forward is a step toward achieving
something bigger and better than our current situation. When we try to
grateful for all of our problems, after each one
has been overcome,
we become stronger and more able to meet those that are still to come. And we
grow in all our difficulties.
Here's a reflection of a single mother of
four kids whose life has been touched by a simple act kindness of a homeless
This is a story that happened 15 years ago but it
has always stayed with me since then.
On the way back from work every evening, more
often than not there would be a homeless man standing at the exit of the
freeway. He looked to be in his late 40's but was probably a lot younger. He had
shoulder length hair, a thick beard, and he was of average
day, accept everything that comes to you as a gift. At night, mentally
give it all back. In this way, you become free.-Daniel Levin
His eyes were what struck me the most about him,
they were brown and they had a sparkle. Like an inside light that was beaming
out of his eyes. His eyes, I thought, represented the man in general. People say
they can tell a lot from a person’s eyes. It was certainly true in his case. He
always waved at every car, he was always happy and smiling and sometimes almost
Every day after work I would remember to gather
any spare change, and put it aside to give to him if I saw him. A feeling of joy
would come over me every time I saw him, as I came off the ramp. He had that
I’d quickly roll down my window and give him the
coins. Occasionally the red light would be on for a minute and we would ask each
other about our day. His answer would always be the same, “I’m blessed!”.
I knew what his answer was going to be every
time, yet I would still ask. It amazed me that even in his situation of being
homeless he was so positive, and his answer would remind me of how blessed I
was. A single mother of four amazing kids, with a place to call home and with a
job to provide for my kids.
Never dwell on what you have lost, only on what you have left.
Count your blessings. You'll always find plenty.
Then one day I was called into my boss’s office
and was told that I was being laid off due to the economy. A feeling of worry
engulfed me, and for the rest of that day all I could think of was “how am I
going to provide for my kids, how am I going to pay rent, what am I going to
Needless to say that on my way home that day I
was very sad and upset. I didn’t remember to look for my spare change and keep
it ready like I usually did. I wasn’t feeling the joy as I got off the ramp
where the homeless man would be. Yet there he was as always, as I turned the
ramp. He set his eyes on me, while still smiling and waving at others.
I’d hoped to catch the green light, but I missed
it. While I was waiting for the red light to turn, he strolled over to my car.
He had a big smile he looked me
straight in the eyes and said, “today I will give you a dollar”. He then reached
into his pocket and pulled out a dollar bill. I was blown away. I burst into
tears. I wanted to jump out of my car and hug him!
You see that day he gave me more than a dollar
bill, he taught me a valuable lesson that no matter what material things are taken
from you, no one can take away your choice to be joyful. My ride home was smooth
sailing, I had lost my job, had no savings, but I knew I was blessed!
Every time I’m faced with challenges, I think of
the homeless man’s valuable lesson and remember that I am blessed.
is always possible to be thankful for what is given rather than to
complain about what is not given. One or the other becomes a habit of
Yes, when we reflect
upon our present blessings, of which every man has many, not on our
past misfortunes, of which all men have some, life would be meaningful
By Tim Pedrosa
is to see that there are endless possibilities before us. And at the
same time, still see an incredibly rich existence right where we are. It
is a feeling of gratitude for everything and everyone we have in our