Day 2: Ever feel like you’re not enough?

His eighteenth birthday would have been yesterday.

He was only in my life for a short time, but I knew him long enough to see his sparkle, to think. . . this kid is fantastic.  He was funny, hardworking, unique, and so many other words I’ll never know.

I want to start all those sentences with “He is.”  And I want to tell him about today and yesterday and the yellow maple on my drive to work.  So while I’ve spent lots of morning pages writing, wondering, asking why he would choose to be gone–  The only thing I can do, when I’m left without words. . . is to clench hope, to write my little gratitudes.  They seem simple.  A child’s exercise.  But it’s practice for a larger shift in our orientation.

Bad thinking is insidious.

And so many things poke at our lack, jumpstarting those thoughts.  Advertising. . . assessment. . . even well-intentioned blog posts challenging us to somehow be better.  All communicate in some small little way that we need something, that we’re not enough.

My little notebook begs to differ.

Pen and paper magnify the enough, and I wonder at how I’ve been missing it, forgetting the marvel of a faucet or the holy-crap-that’s-awesomeness of a sticky note.  I want to train my eyes to see, maybe help just one more see it too–   somehow the only birthday present I can give, to a young man I miss.

#24  Maple ablaze, and pulling over to see it.

Day 2 Challenge: 
  • Stop, actually stop, somehow “pull over” in your day, even if it’s for 30 seconds to notice a gift.  Find a way to give back to the giver (whether that’s a person or the big G Giver).
*This post is part of a 30-day gratitude challenge.  Learn about the challenge and join in by clicking here.

2 thoughts on “Day 2: Ever feel like you’re not enough?”

  1. The gift I am thankful for today is Evi. For giving me the lens of gratitude to view my day. With this lens, my attitude and perspective are completely different. Viewing each moment in my day with the passion I should.


  2. Yes, he did sparkle! Thank you for today's inspiration. Can't wait to go out and discover a way to give back to a gift giver!


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