Cold hands, warm heart. Um… okay. How about just plain cold. Hard to judge if someone’s hands are cold because of the weather or WHETHER it’s a sure sign that they have a warm heart. I think it’s easy to discern which type of heart someone has. It’s by their actions.
What many people do not realize is that even if they don’t know it, oftentimes their cold hearts are a subconscious decision that they accidentally made. Think about it… We all know someone who has had a hard life, and by many accounts should be a miserable, mean, cold-hearted person. Yet they are anything but cold. They are warm and loving and fun and happy. It’s because they realize the value of a lifetime. They understand that even if this is not the ideal life, it’s the only life they are going to get so they might as well LIVE and enjoy the life they have been given. These people are held in such high esteem by me personally. I have been blessed many times over in life, yet still find myself sidetracked by negativity of my own mind. I focus on the bad drive to work. I am annoyed by the headlines. I am saddened by humanity’s treatment of one another, and the notion that any of us are better than, or hold more value than someone else. Ewww… see? I already am thinking how sucky that is. But wait….
I am blessed. Yes, it’s a cold world. Yes, people will hurt you. Yes, shit happens that you can’t change. And you know what? That’s okay. That is how life works. Your job is to learn to be welcoming and warm to those you meet. We need to learn to forgive those who hurt us, because they are just lashing out because THEY have been hurt. That shit that just happened to hurt you? Learn the lesson it brought you – even if you don’t like it. That would be a waste of an opportunity. We learn everyday. Good, bad or ugly. We all learn and hopefully, we let it shape us in good ways. With empathy and not apathy. With hope and not despair. With right thinking rather than stinkin’ thinkin’ – which is all too easy to do.
I am blessed today by your presence. I thank those who are on this journey with me. I am grateful for the cold outside, because it gives me the opportunity to be warm on the outside to people who need warmth. And I am so grateful for the warm people who love me.