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Something From Nothing

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Melody Beattie


Breakfast this morning was catered by Bauhaus, a neighborhood coffee house. My traditional calls home were made to catch up with my parents and wish them a Happy Thanksgiving. Quiet time was spent thanking God for all of the things I have and all of the things I don’t have. And as I began cleaning my living space to get a fresh start to the long weekend, I reflected on a sweet morning interaction.

On my walk back home from Bauhaus, I crossed paths with a stranger—a man with a beaming smile beneath his bundled body. We locked eyes and smiled at each other. As we were about to pass by one another, he voiced a HAPPY THANKSGIVING greeting to me. I quickly replied, “Hi, and a Happy Thanksgiving to you, too!” He then stopped walking, turned around, and wished me a day of happiness and fun. Then he asked who I was rooting for to win the big game. Not knowing what in the world he was talking about, I mentioned that I didn’t even know who was playing. He excitedly mentioned the Seahawks through a laugh and as we each turned to walk away, I shouted back, “GO SEAHAWKS! WOO!” He smiled and raised his fist in the air.

Thinking about that reminded me to take advantage of the little moments of gratitude. It was also a nudge to consider others amid the daily TO-DO list. It was needed and it was encouraging. As I continue to work two full-time jobs on a part-time basis, my life can tend to be a blur. I continually remind myself to make eye contact with others between tasks because I tend to get hyper-focused on projects and it’s easy to overlook the deeper interactions in the moment. As I carried on through my morning, I thought about all the buried treasure in my life—the things that are there but are not always noted right away.

I’m grateful to be alive—That I’ve faced near-death experiences multiple times in my life is not lost on me. Every day that I wake up is a miracle . . . A GIFT.

I’m grateful for my family—They love me from a distance. They trust that I’ll be taken care of. They don’t get to watch me grow every day . . . unless I post something online. No matter how wild & crazy things get in our lives, they are my strongest connections.

I’m grateful for the opportunity to live in my dream—Each day that I spend in Seattle is a bright star on top of God’s everlasting Christmas tree to me. To be able to mentor young people is like opening a present every day of the week.

I’m grateful for a roof over my head—It’s a true blessing to have a home I love and housemates who make me a better person.

I’m grateful for my jobs—To be able to be a part of two incredible teams of colleagues, mentors, and caring friends is a gift that keeps on giving.

I’m grateful for you—Having others joining me in the journey of my life is an honor I don’t take lightly. You who give me hope; You who give me insight; You who give me encouragement; You who give me life and love . . . THANK YOU!