That's when I realized I sort of got out of the habit of looking for the extraordinary in the ordinary. My focus turned inward, and not surprisingly, a tad negative. I reminded myself that attitude is a choice just like planting flowers along a litter strewn street. Opening one's eyes to the wonder and glories of each day, then feeling grateful for blessings, both large and small, go a long way towards turning a frown upside down.
Today I noticed that my hip is giving me fits. I think it's bursitis. I've had it before. It feels like a charlie horse, only it's in my hip (glutes?) and it causes a cramp down the side of my leg. It was giving me a fit as I stood over Mary's hospital bed feeding her some chocolate pudding. Then I noticed the grimace of pain on her tired face and had to say a prayer of thanks that I was not in that much pain.
I also noticed how, no matter, what I feel like going in, I always feel better after a couple hours with my writing group friends.
I'm rededicating myself to a Year of Noticing. Won't you join me?
PS. Ayslin Marie Cook was born on Friday, May 17. I noticed a real difference between the grandparents and friends on one side of the nursery window and the nurses on the other side. It was another reminder of how something can be just another day at work, or it can be a celebration of the Divine One's most precious gift.