Day 64 of 90:The Small Things #ASMSG #IARTG #IAN1 #SupportIndieAuthors

It’s amazing, how the small things in life can make you appreciate it so much more. Usually, my wife wakes up, fixes coffee for the both of us. This morning, I decided to break that ritual, and make my wife coffee, so it was ready when she woke up.

The joy that lit in her eyes, when she saw a steaming cup of joe all ready for her to drink, priceless. I had to learn to observe and appreciate the things I had in my life. Growing up, I kind of took things for granted, and coasted through it all. It worked great, until an injury knocked me from my path. That’s not to say I didn’t work hard, I worked as hard as any CNA I know, but I never had to fight to survive.

And there is a difference, fighting for survival, and surviving are two different things. Working as a CNA, I worked harder than I ever did as a warehouse worker, though it felt like less and was more satisfying.

After my injury, I struggled to love life. I lost my focus when I lost my job. I thought I lost my health instead of seeing my health as failing. I had surrendered before the battle even began.

It took a lot of hard work to get it back, but I’m happy I did. Life is much better when you can appreciate the power of a flower bud opening. Or a parade of ants outside, looking to improve their hive. Or when you recognize the power of a smile, because you see the positive effect it has on you. I’m a firm believer in smiling, and how it affects everyone around you.

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