I had plenty of adversity today. But that is not my focus. Only a hundred pages into a novel, Birdsong: A Novel of Love and War, and a cord strikes home:
“After dinner they read books, sitting on either side of the fire. They went to bed early in the room at the back of the house. Isabelle had painted it and sewn the curtains.”
The novel is on loan to me from a person who appreciates literature, loves family, and knows a portion of life’s secrets, the intersection of suffering and joy. That escapes many. These two lines in their simplicity define the complexity of finding true happiness.
Today I bought to work 12 DVDS that a number of my staff listed as their favorite films. Thanks to amazon and microwave popcorn I was able to create a quick thank you to my staff. Leaving today half of the films were taken home by staff and popcorn for relaxation. A small deed — but so gratifying.
Another staff person stopped me today to tell me how a gentleman enjoys the chess game that is facing the walkway out front of our office. Myself and a colleague have a game set up with one or two moves a day for all to see. Many people stop on the walkway and study the game. It is shocking, given the community has a stigma of being rough and other undesirable names that many stop and enjoy the complex game.
Our plants were dying a slow death. Beth only left a few weeks ago and already the plants have succumbed to neglect. A neighboring business had a person who catered to their sites plants and saw our plants dying. She grabbed one of my staff and asked to save our plants. They have been rescued and will be returned by anonymous.
Everyday I am surrounded by wonderful people and opportunity to enjoy life.
A day in the life of Joe.