I saw an elderly(ish) Salvation Army Kettle volunteer outside in the wind and the rain. I commented that it was a pretty miserable day to be out. He shook his head and said ‘ah no, the people keep me warm – Merry Christmas ma’am’. He warmed my heart and made my day.
Since retiring, I find that little things like the above touch me. Okay, perhaps it’s also my age and I’m realizing now more than ever that time goes by quickly and that I should savour as many moments as I can. When I worked it seemed there was always a rush to get what I was doing done. I rarely took the time to just notice and appreciate brief encounters and interactions throughout my day. I think in the end, a reflection of our life’s happiest and most appreciative memories will include little things like this. As cliche as it sounds, an abundant life is filled with love, in all of its forms.