My gift for Day 25 was the gift of Public Service.
My gift for this particular day was completely unplanned; admittedly, I was preoccupied with work, feeling incredibly swamped and hadn't spent a stitch of time thinking about what my gift for the day would be. I was overwhelmed with assignments and wasn't feeling particularly creative, so in all honesty, I was slightly relieved that the opportunity to give - more or less - presented itself (just keeping it real, folks).
Getting out of my car in the parking lot, I was distracted by the envelope that fluttered at my feet, swirling in rhythmic circles as if dancing to music I could not hear. I bent down to pick up the envelope, preparing to throw it into the dumpster on my way into work. While doing so, I spied the crushed, empty, paper coffee-cup near the rear tire of my car. I picked up said coffee cup and made my way to the dumpster while surveying the entire parking lot. There was litter and garbage everywhere.
I don't normally view the parking lot with these eyes; most of the time, I am deep in thought or distracted by the days events to notice such things, but for the first time, I noticed just how ugly this type of litter can be.
And right there, I released gift number 25. For the next (approximately) 10 minutes, I walked around the parking lot and picked up litter and trash that skittered across the pavement or hugged at the curbs. And all the while, I was amazed at what people can casually throw out their car windows; cigarette boxes and cigarette butts, empty food wrappers, empty coffee cups, straws, paperwork, plastic bags and even a dirty diaper (and no, in all honesty, I couldn't bring myself to pick this up). Seriously...what gives? WHO does that?
I realize that my gift is a mere drop in the bucket as to what needs to be done for the earth as a whole, but it has certainly opened my eyes to such things that are so easily missed on any given day. It's not often that I acknowledge the trash that litters our sidewalks (and beaches!), but on this particular day, I was reminded of ways that I can help to keep this world we inhabit, beautiful.
Friends, wherever you are, if you see litter or trash on the ground, do your part and please, pick it up!
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Today's Gratitude List:1) Waking up before the alarm clock, thus giving me an extra 20 minutes to lounge in bed.
2) Finding the "perfect" apple at the grocery store.
3) Receiving a hand written note and a CD in the mail from my friend on the East Coast (thank you, Ashley!).