I got admit this happened last week but I’ve been so swamped with work, in a good way, that I haven’t had time to write. But maybe God was in the delay because the eve before Thanksgiving I have a lot to be thankful for. But what happened last week was a great reminder that God has ways to bring us joy, happiness,and the unexpected coincidences. So here’s what happened last week…￼￼￼￼￼￼
Today The Dow Jones industrial hit an all time high. As a CFP, this is￼ pretty exciting stuff￼￼.
I got admit I love the majority my clients and really enjoy working with them but sometimes there’s a bad apple and that’s just part of life. It’s still isn’t fun.￼￼
After work￼￼, I shut off my computer, ￼changed into a swimsuit, and after a ten minute ride in my Jeep,Kipper and I were at the beach. This beach is an off leash beach for dogs. ￼￼ I took Kipper’s leash off and within seconds she was sprinting down the beach and trouncing in the water￼￼.
I couldn’t keep up. I wouldn’t dare try. I walked by three young girls and they asked,”Is that your dog?”
I nodded and one of them said,”I’d like to have half the amount￼ ￼of energy. Your dog is just so happy here.￼￼”
I smirked,”Ya, me too. I wish I had that kind of energy. And yes, the beach is her happy place.”￼￼
I said goodbye, walked away, found a spot down the beach, dropped my towel, drop my shorts, took off my t-shirt, ran into the water,and submerged my body under a wave￼.
When I came up for air, I couldn’t help but let out a happy scream. The water was freezing. Someone said today it was only 56° in the water.
After about thirty minutes at the beach, it was time for Kipper and I to go home.￼￼ As we we’re leaving ￼I walked by the girls again ￼and waved goodbye.
One of the girls said,”You look like a little kid out there dunking yourself in the water.” I said,”I’m not a little kid I have adult kids probably around your ages. They are twenty-three and twenty-four.”
They shook their heads and said,”No way.” We all laughed, they told me their ages and their names and yes,they were between the ages of 24 and 25 right around my kid’s ages.￼
They asked about my kids and they said they must be full of joy to have you as a mother . My heart sunk,”I can’t tell you how much that means to me . Today was a very rough day. Someone was trying to steal my joy. It hurt. But hearing you say that I am filled with joy makes me happy. We need to really love each other and be happy . You all did that for me today .Meeting you today was just what I needed. ￼It is a good coincidence￼.”
Diana said,” I don’t believe in coincidences.I believe God orchestrates these kind of meetings.”
I quietly smiled,”Me too.”
“You are a gift to me today,”Julia said “I will remember this moment for the rest of my life.”
I asked to take their picture so I could remember them and and how these three beautiful strangers change my mood,changed my perspective, and help to restore my joy. They were a gift to me and because of their easy and open conversation, and loving hearts, my joy was restored.
Kipper and I walked down the beach and I waved goodbye.
I looked up at the sky and silently whispered, “Thank you God for Julia, Diana, and Cherith.” I looked down at my furry friend,”and yes, thanks for Kipper.”
￼￼￼So the eve before Thanksgiving, in a strange year of missing family and friends, can you really love,show extra kindness, and share happiness to those who may be strangers but may need it more than ever ?
Can you love like Kipper?
“You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.