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.