Thursday, December 13, 2012


This post has nothing to do with horses except in the sense that I am blessed to have them in my life.

Two days ago I was in Walmart (my least favorite place in the world) to get some medicine for Simon who has tonsillitis. The was an older man in there, African American, who was dressed in old raggy clothes. As I sat on the bench waiting for them to finish my prescriptions, I watched this man. As he shuffled by me I saw that he had a sparkle in his eye and a smile that warmed the entire room.  He said hello to me, and asked how I was doing. I said hello back and told him I was good, and asked how he was doing. He said, "Oh I am blessed." Then he moved to the end of the line to wait his turn, and each person he came in contact with, he asked the same thing. And each time the other person reciprocated out of politeness, he always answered the same, "Oh I am blessed."

Now here is the thing that was the most interesting to me. Each time I heard him say those words, "I am blessed." you could hear the sincerity in his voice. This was a man who was truly happy to just be a live another day. It was obvious he did not have much monetarily but it was also obvious that to him, it was irrelevant.  

Have you ever been around someone, either a stranger or someone that you knew, who just carried with them an air of peace and serenity, or perhaps genuine spirituality? This man had that. You could actually feel it while standing next to him. It is a rare thing to find. My Meemaw had that. She was not just a religious woman, she was a very spiritual woman, and it showed in everything she said and did.

Anyway, back to the man in the store. As I sat there sort of basking in the warmth of his smile, I had to ask myself. Am I blessed? Well of course I am. Do I recognize that I am blessed? No not near enough. How often do I get caught up in the trials and tribulations of each day and forget how blessed I am? Pretty much everyday.

So today, and everyday I challenge myself to recognize how wonderful my life is & to accept the blessings that come to me each day with grace and gratitude. I challenge myself to be a kinder gentler person, who brings warmth in a smile to others. I challenge myself to love life with a spirituality that is tangible to others.

Maybe, just maybe, if I can meet those challenges, I can change the way someone else sees the world just as that man changed things for me.

Who knows...maybe it will even start a snowball effect of spirituality around the world.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this story!

  2. The town I live in is a nice suburb about 45 minutes from San Francisco. We aren't a wealthy neighborhood, but were also not a poor neighborhood pretty perfectly middle class. We don't have any homeless people, but about a year ago, there was a middle aged African American man that started hanging out in our town.

    He is the same type of man. He is soo nice, and so greatful for his life. He laughs and asks you how your day has been when you pass him, and asks if you can spare some change. I've bought him dinner a few times...

    He's just so clearly greatful for the life he has, which isn't much of anything. I hope that I can start to see how much I have all the time.

    I saw a quote last week that said 'treat everyone as though it is their last night on earth, it will change your life' and its so true! When I get impatient or frustrated I try to remember that.

  3. Oh, this is so very dear to my heart! This is something that I have felt the desire to achieve in my life so many times...and I must admit that I don't do very well on many occasions. Like you, I do feel truly blessed. But there are times in life where I get depressed, stressed, or just out of sorts and can have a tendency to feel sorry for myself. I'm always asking God through prayer to help me recognize and be thankful for my many, many blessings, and our good life. For I truly believe that most of us, don't have a clue about real hardship.
    May we all learn to live with an attitude of gratitude every single day!!! This is my prayer, and my wish for Christmas!! Thank you for the reminder...Merry Christmas!

  4. Thank you for posting is beautiful. I have met a few people in my life just like the gentleman you describe...and they always make me ask myself the same questions you asked yourself. I see them as angels and they are reminders of the person I want to be and should be. I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season!