A Bigger World Than Me
This morning, I stood in the doorway of my office building squeezed in with other staff members as my School District’s ROTC students raised the flag. A patch of blue sky broke through the clouds, darker ones waiting to roll in just to the West. A light wind rippled the red and white stripes. The choir started to sing the National Anthem, and with my own hand over my own heart, I sang proud.
Days like today make me blush with respect and gratitude. I am grateful for my life, all the messiness, all the joys.
Days like today remind me of how great big our world is. How it’s filled with beauty, history, and life.
Days like today make me proud to be me. I am grateful for all the second and first chances I’ve been given. I am grateful to the soldiers, and the professionals who put themselves out there to protect, to serve, and to make our world a greater and better place. So thank you to every noble human being who serves in just about any and every capacity. We need all of you. You matter. You make a difference. You make the world a better place, a healthier happier place where where we can be free.
And today, I also need to share my one proud moment with my baby girl as I dropped her off at preschool this morning. The pavement at school was littered with acorns and bright fall leaves. I handed her, her purse nervous she might step wrong and tumble down on the ground. I bent down and said, “Be careful baby, there are a lot of acorns on the ground and I don’t want you to fall, okay?”
She said back in her sweet little voice, “Ok, mommy, and you be careful too.”
I smiled. I am still smiling proud at how my little 3-year-old girl sees this world as a bigger place than just herself, too. And in spirit of gratitude, I leave you with this last thought: