Words are empty, unless you put them into action.
Not a long time ago I wrote a post about being thankful and today I will continue down that road.
If there is anything that I have learned is that you never know what will await you around the corner. And therefore be thankful for what you have now.
Family means a lot to me. And I am thankful for having them in my life. Some of them I see every day, but then there are those that I see once a year. It does not matter how often we meet, there is still a bond that ties us together. And in some occasions that is not blood.
Lately, I found myself being thankful for a different matter. We were watching a carnival parade when there suddenly started to rain.
The wagons in the parade were not only huge but they were also made out of paper. Normally that would not be a problem since a protective layer would cover them from water.
But the rain kept coming down for hours and eventually made huge damage to these beautiful wagons.
No one knows if it was because of the rain, but suddenly a piece of one wagon broke off and rolled down landing in the audience. Sending two people to the hospital.
This happened not far away from where me and my group including my children, were standing.
Thankful, does not cover how I feel, when I recall that moment. I am thankful that the victims survived and that we were not standing any closer.
Another moment that I am thankful for, happened a few weeks later when we ended up watching another parade. Again it started to rain.
I used my umbrella for cover, when I noticed an older couple standing in front of me and my family.
The man moved around effortlessly with his camera, while the woman spent most of her time sitting on her walker.
At some point she searched through her bag, I guessed for an umbrella. But no such luck. And I felt for her.
My umbrella was big enough for two people. At a certain moment, I simply took a few steps forward, bringing her under the umbrella. The smile she gave me said more than her “Thank you”.
A small gesture, that turned into something bigger.
It may sound weird for some but when I look back I feel grateful, for being able to help her out. So that we both could enjoy the parade.
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