I spend a lot of time observing mostly anything and everything, taking it all in. I take long walks daily, during my lunch hour, in the evenings after work, over the weekend, and all in different parts of the city (being San Francisco) just so I could observe all that’s going on around me. This exercise I find useful since I love to write. Then I thought about it, and decided it would be fun to share with you weekly, some of my observations just for fun, and maybe even ponder over.
1. Priceless Smiles:After an employee survey at our workplace conducted months ago, detailing a list of concerns, management took note of one particular gripe – the need for healthy snacks in the shared kitchen space. I only found out about it when I heard what sounded like commotion, mostly laughter and excited conversation coming from the kitchen area. I wandered towards the niche, discovering as I turned the corner the entire space transformed into what appeared to be a streamlined corner store, with wire shelving, and modern machinery carrying everything from gourmet coffee and tea to organic juices, yogurt and various grains, mainly cereal. There were fresh fruits in baskets, dried ones in air tight packaging, and even a display case filled with candies. Christmas, I reacted, came early. As I watched everyone scurry about the space, inspecting all the goodies, I felt a sense of good fortune. Priceless I thought, perfect timing, a wonderful morale booster, a much-needed step towards the right direction indeed. I couldn’t be happier, and from the looks of things, neither could anyone else.
2. A Small pre-Thanksgiving Dinner: This year my family, for the first time in decades, will not be spending Thanksgiving together. We discussed it as usual, and realized that it wasn’t going to work out no matter what. This knowledge made me sad, and I am more than certain it upset my mother also, considering her age, and declining health. So, on Monday she called me at work, and asked that I stopped by for dinner. I accepted, although very tired from a hard days work, and too eager to go home. When I showed up in her kitchen as I always do, I noticed she’d made a small Thanksgiving dinner, and invited my adult kids as well, surprising me. I wanted to cry. I was touched by her efforts in her delicate state to keep the tradition, even if it meant celebrating “GIVING THANKS” a week early. I will cherish this forever.
3. When One Door Closes Another Window Opens: After receiving my first bad review over the weekend for a book I had written, I shut down, unable to put two words together for fear of not writing skillfully enough. I carried this heavy burden on my shoulders throughout the weekend, and well into Wednesday, second guessing myself and my writings. On Wednesday, I went to the post office to mail a copy of my book to someone who wanted a signed print. As I queued up in line, waiting for my turn to stamp and drop off the package, a woman walked up to me and said that I looked familiar. She recognized me from a distance, but couldn’t figure out from where. She noticed the book in my hand, and soon realized I was the author. She knew this because she had bought a copy of my book through Amazon months ago. I blushed of course, embarrassed that others in line were beginning to take note of our conversation. She thanked me for the wonderful story, and asked if I planned to write more novels. I smiled nodding, while on the inside feeling forever grateful to her…
4. Crossing Paths With A Few Memorable Individuals:This week, I’ve had several people I know, or stay in touch with over the years, thank me for so many reasons. It’s as if they sensed how much I needed their reassurance, their kinds words timely expressed, all of it reminding me, that although I feel on occasion that I go unappreciated, they notice, and they remember.