I've had a good week-tiring, but good. Here's my quick recap of my joys, simple pleasures and things that made me smile.
- Just two of us were available for Trivia-we joined with smart people, and ended up winning.
- Book club was held by Zoom, but was still fun Friday night. The Firekeepers Daughter-highly recommend it.
- DH took me out for lunch on Friday at one of our favorite places for ambiance. We had a terrific waiter-so pleasant, and even got one of our meals half price.
- DD2 stayed over to take care of pup wile we were gone. She kept us updated on our little boy.
- Lot's of joys related to our weekend-the concert was absolutely fabulous. How college students caring full loads, jobs, and other activities (though some are studying to be professional musicians) can create such an incredibly high caliber concert is amazing to see and hear.
- While we didn't have much time with our daughter, we got to have both a quick lunch before her first Saturday concert, and then dinner before her evening concert, the one we attended.
- The roads were fair heading south so we did not get stranded. After the first 50 miles or so, the roads were quite clear and the countryside was just a pretty light blanket of white.
- All my deliveries from black Friday, with the exception of the one cancelled item, arrived and in good shape. Nothing was thrown over a river bank-how awful for people to have that done to their stuff! (I know this was a ravine, but I am in river territory.)
- I made a humongous batch of chicken, vegetable noodle soup using the last of a rotisserie chicken. It was light on chicken, but loaded with veggies and hit the spot on a blustery day yesterday.
- My daughter and I completed most of my shopping last night. I used Kohls cash and decided anything else will be cash or gift cards.
Now about my title. "We all got angels, but some of them haven't worked in a while." Sure, the quote was from Greg Coleman, former Minnesota Vikings now commentator on the radio, but I know what he means. It feels sometimes like the breaks in life, the little feeling of safety, the extra bit of good will, evades some people, again and again. Now he was speaking in relation to the dismal Minnesota Vikings season-and even before their pathetic loss to the at that point, winless Detroit Tigers, but I'll apply to things that really matter in the world. I don't understand why some families have been utterly devastated with Covid, and others have been so, pardon the pun, immune from the deadly or sickly impact that they feel it is at worst, a bad cold? Why are some people making such low wages and without benefits that must work multiple jobs to make ends meet, and one health issue may leave them with nothing? Why can one CEO make millions in the health insurance field?
I've been reflecting on the word "blessed" and how often I have used in the past, or read and hear others use it as in, "I am so blessed to have a big family to enjoy the holidays" or "I'm so blessed to buy this house." So for those that don't have big families, or may be struggling with estrangement or abandonment, why are they not blessed? Why is everyone not blessed with a place to call home? It seems those that are blessed, don't really do a blessed thing to deserve it over those not. It seems more good luck than Devine intervention. I still wish and hope though that this world can start healing and the citizens respond and act with true love and kindness towards each other. Not act with just good intentions-because we all know what is paved with good intentions! Yes, some angels have really been taking a holiday for a while, but we do not have to.
In addition to my weekly list of joys and simple pleasures, I'm instituting a challenge to myself. I don't want to be a humble bragger so not sure how much I'll share, but I want to do at least one additional thing this week, and the weeks leading up to new years, for others, with nothing in it for myself. It might be looking through the "requests" list in the community Facebook and see if I can fill a wish. Maybe it's taking a meal to someone who could use a visit and cheering up. I don't know yet- I'm hoping something calls to me. I just know this month with all it's joy and wonder, it feels right to do better for someone else, let them feel a little blessed.