Day 94 – A Lesson in Life

9 HUGS, 6 children, 3 adults (1 husband, 2 neighborhood friends)

I hope for more hugs today, but I feel compelled to share this with you now. I have been in a blah if not completely BAD mood today ever since I woke up. I have been having bad dreams and my youngest has chosen today to cry every second that he is awake. Don’t get me wrong, I have had moments of appreciation and almost joy thanks to the beautiful day we are having in NC, but overall I have been ready to crawl back into bed and wish for tomorrow.

While out running errands, I was curious as to where my hugs might come from today. At my first stop (a gas station), a young girl (20s) got out of the car next to me. Great! I have not yet hugged someone of her age group. I was curious to how she would react. Well, she took so long in the station I never got a chance to find out. Of course. I started thinking that the next person I saw I was going to ask them to hug me just because I needed it!

My next stop was the pharmacy and I did go through the drive through. (certainly not getting any hugs that way) While waiting in line, I saw the biggest praying mantis I have ever seen in my life. Now, I am a huge nature lover so this was a very big deal. I started thinking about how I should really be appreciating the small things in life. He flew away, moment passed.

Final stop was the bank. Have you ever seen the desks they sit behind? Of course I wasn’t getting a hug here either. I had a pleasant conversation with the teller, but no hug. I left feeling stressed and anxious. What would I have to write about?

On my way home I passed an elderly couple walking down the road holding hands. That gave me a true pause. I remembered the praying mantis and thought about the little moments. This calmed me down some. I ended up behind a school bus and as we were making our way down the street, a deer ran across the road in front of the bus. No, let me clarify, it started to run out across the road, then gracefully and elegantly leaped across the remainder of the road. It was such a beautiful sight it literally took my breath away. I got chills through my body and being as emotional as I have been all day, began to cry. When you allow it to, life will give you that hug you need. I needed and felt its hug today. I appreciate all that I have and will make every attempt to cherish every moment (even the ones filled with cries).

Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.


4 thoughts on “Day 94 – A Lesson in Life

  1. Melinda,
    Nature often has been the balm for my soul on a bad day…..deer are what I consider in my weak by native american language as my totem…they always come to me when I need a sign that God has not forgotten me.
    Several years ago while applying to lots of churches for a full time pastorate, I was angry with God. i went on a five mile hike by myself and while there….I spoke aloud to God….when I did…I was almost screaming and using the F bomb when suddenly from the side of the trail a hand comes out and simply motions ssshhh! two people sat and they pointed. not five feet away was a mama deer and her baby….she stared at me….as if to say…”you look like you need a hug…hey girl you are not forgotten….
    I’m so glad I found your blog….it often recenters me.

    • Your story is beautiful Pam, thank you for sharing. Although, I can only imagine what those people must have been thinking listening to you rant like that. 🙂
      I am so glad you found me too.

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