Grateful For the People In My Life

 

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“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

                                                                        ~ Marcel Proust

 

Nothing brings a smile to my heart as much as the sound of laughter from my children and grandchildren. When a child draws you a picture or gives you a bear hug, it’s one of life’s greatest gifts.

I was fortunate to experience true love once in my life. In the early days when I first started to date my late husband, the deepening of his dimples or the sound of his voice made me catch my breath every time. Fifteen years later, as his health failed and life removed his smile, he was still the one that I wanted to be near.

Then there are certain friends who are pretty much always upbeat. When life gets me down, I can almost always count on them to say just the right thing, or to say nothing at all when that is what I need.

I am truly grateful to have my family and friends in my life.

Strangers sometimes bring happiness too. When I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed a warm smile from a cashier or a waitress is like a breath of fresh air. So is a stranger that lets me pass in traffic rather than trying to cut me off.

Those who use their talents for good bring happiness to others. For example, songwriters that come up with lyrics that touch the heart, or melodies that somehow express emotions can help to bring joy to life. Novelists string together words that help us escape from reality at times and enjoy the journey of life.

When a movie touches my heart, I realize that dozens of people were involved in that effort – writers, actors, directors, producers, wardrobe people, and many others who are unnamed but make a difference all the same.

I am grateful for all the people in my life, people whose lives touch mine and help me to experience a little happiness any given day.

Other people really do help my soul to blossom.

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