I wasn’t planning to post a Great List today because I’ve been finding it very hard to write lately with everything going on, but when I got home from my pilates class this morning, I felt very inclined so here we go.
Last San Diego Great List.
1. I was very sad to say goodbye to my housekeepers this week. They are a wonderful couple who have been helping me for years. Kathy was telling me that I’m a great client because I always make them feel appreciated and tell them they’re doing a great job. After they left I was thinking about that. I realized that I find myself helping others a lot, and like most people, I sometimes feel unappreciated and wish that someone would just help me for once (especially lately). Chris and Kathy have been two people who truly helped me on a regular basis for years. Sure, I pay them, but having one thing taken off my to-do list without having to follow up or manage it is something I am incredibly grateful for every single time they come, and I tell them so because I’m so thankful I can’t even contain my gratitude. I’m happy that my heartfelt thank you’s mattered to them. I hope you all will think about that the next time someone helps you. A few simple words can truly make a difference in someone’s day.
2. Sadly, I lost a childhood friend to cancer this week. We haven’t seen each other in years, but have been in touch via Facebook, and I was lucky enough to be able to email with him in the last week’s of his life. Life is not fair. He was a sweet and lovely person and he and his family surely did not deserve this. The reason this item is on my Great List this week is that his death really snapped me out of the numbness and stress I’ve been buried under regarding this move, and reminded me what is really important. Ryan was a subtle guy, and I can’t help but think that this reminder was his final, subtle gift to me. In fact, I credit him with inspiring me to write this post after weeks of struggling with writer’s block. Rest in peace my friend. You will always be remembered.
3. It’s so beautiful outside right now. My life has been weighing me down so much lately that I haven’t been as observant at the world around me as I usually am. This morning was cloaked in fog (a personal favorite), but as I drove home from my workout up the hill we live on, I broke through the fog and was able to look back down the hill as the sun rose and made this super cool hazy pink glow on everything. I’m not sure any place will ever be able to hold a candle to how beautiful San Diego is. I’m going to try to hold on to the vision of this morning and think about it when I’m up north and feeling homesick.
T minus 7 days till I peace out of here. Today is my last day at work, a 2 year old birthday party (the real reason I stayed in San Diego until the end of January), and this weekend is my going away party. Looking forward to celebrating one last time.