I could say that the best thing to happen to me occurred at 5:45 when the second of three alarms rang and I awakened. This would be a double thanks: One for missing the first alarm and hence sleeping an extra thirty minutes, and one for surviving to awaken at all.
Or, I could say that having Andrew Starr buy lunch for me at Baked – KC counts as the best event of the day, and certainly, that would be a contender. Though I had to apologize to the waitress for his odd sense of humor, the grilled cheese hit the spot and I enjoyed seeing pictures of his son Jeremy.
Today’s best thing came tucked into an envelope along with a payment from a client, a typed paragraph cut from an 8-1/2 by 11 sheet and glued to a square of purple. I slid it from the tight confines of its mailer and stooped to retrieve it after it fluttered to the floor. A moment later, tears flowed down my cheeks, as I read the final sentence of the thank-you card.
“In our meetings you were emotionally supportive, but always professional, as you kept me grounded in reality and focused on what this was all about: my child. I never felt unheard. You made sure I understood all of the legal aspects of our proceedings without ever making me feel powerless. I really appreciate you as a professional and as a person. Thank you.”
It’s the twenty-eighth day of the twenty-seventh month of My Year Without Complaining. My amazing, funny, sad, roller-coaster, and very humble life continues.
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