Today I Am grateful for a fun afternoon potluck gathering with some of my co-workers.
I Am also grateful for stumbling upon a local food pantry, Milagros Angels, and having the time to pitch in and help them set up – as well as to donate some food to them that I happened to have with me. The founder, Barbara Arroyo, was once homeless herself, and found herself supported by various charities until she was able to get herself back on her feet. Always grateful for what she had and what she received, she decided to pay it forward and set up her own food pantry, which now feeds people every 1st and 3rd Wednesday, right on the street behind Penn Station in Newark. The people who receive the food understand too that they are truly blessed.
I Am grateful further for all that I have. While helping out, one of the people waiting on line noticed I was a little chilly. It was cold and raining, and I explained to him that I was not prepared to be outside for long – I was simply walking to my car, and thought I’d be warm enough with what I had. He said, “All you need is a hoodie.” I told him I’d be okay, recognizing that what I was feeling was nothing compared to what many others experience, with no car or home to get to quickly. He explained that he does find himself out in the cold all night, night after night. I reminded him that his situation is temporary – he wasn’t born on the streets, and he won’t stay on the streets. I think I helped empower him to create a happier destiny. At least I hope he did.
Finally I Am grateful for allowing myself to continue to catch up on sleep, sleeping in an extra hour this morning, and taking a long, early nap.
And with that, I’m heading back to Dreamland…