By: Gabrielle Grey
It’s a rainy Monday morning and I’m unpacking my car as I’m moving my things back in from a weekend of being home. It’s a Monday. It’s a huge test week. And I’m drenched. After being away from my car for only 20 minutes, much to my surprise I come back to find a thin, soggy orange envelope beneath one of my windshield wipers.
The only thing that could’ve made Monday a little more “Monday” was a parking ticket.
Between re-organizing our schedules to avoid conflict and studying for the three upcoming tests we have that week, there are few moments where we’re actually mindful of where we are and what we have. The days almost seem to string together because of how busy we are and time picks up with lightning speed. Even in the midst of our countless obligations or lengthy to-do lists, the one thing we can’t overdo is our expression of gratitude for where we are and what we have.
So many things are constantly taken for granted. We’re all guilty of it. Each moment we’re given is something to acknowledge and be grateful for. Yes I know, the line at O House stir-fry is always just too long. And yes I know, you just missed your bus and you have to get from Park Hall to Lamar Dodd in ten minutes. And yes I know, you just got to the crosswalk as the sign turned from the promising walking man to that harsh orange hand. But there is still reason to be grateful.
I could’ve imagined my Monday morning any other way. Maybe a little drier. Maybe without an impending fine. And Maybe a little Friday-er. But regardless of all that Monday brought with it, my thankfulness remains.
A simple pause can change the day. Pause to say ‘thank-you’ to the person who just reopened the bus door so you could get on. Pause to acknowledge the person who just made your sandwich a little beefier than usual. Pause to relish in the fact that class was cancelled and you aren’t bound by that obligation, even if just for a day. Pause and take it all in.