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Gratitude and Honesty

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Today while waiting in the jury holding room for my group to be called into the court room, I decided to write a gratitude list of reasons why it was good to be on jury duty. I do that when I feel like whining. I generated a positive list of 12 items. When I closed my notebook we were called into the court room. We were a group of 30. After being sworn in, the judge asked if anyone had a conflict with the timing of the case. I was one of 5 who had a legitimate reason, but wasn't sure if the judge and lawyers would dismiss me. I told them I was awaiting a call to begin the process of having a cardiac procedure ordered my my cardiologist. He asked if I had an appointment yet and I said "no, I don't". I smiled and sat down. They retreated to the judges chambers and emerged to dismiss all 5 of us. As I left the jury box (very cool seat) the judge wished me good luck. I smiled again, thanked him, and returned home.

A hour after arriving home, I got a call from the cardiac specialists office telling me that my insurance had been a approved and they had a sudden cancellation tomorrow (Tues.) at 11:00. The call came into my home land line and not my cell. Had I not been home, I would have missed the call. I was pleasantly surprised and told the nurse my little story. She said, "Well, this must be a God thing, then". I agreed.

Long story short, I think there is a connection between gratitude, honesty, surrender, a positive attitude, and positive outcomes. I can call it God, I can call it Karma, I can call it Cosmic, but I learned one more time the value of staying in the moment and appreciating my circumstances. It is a waste of time to do otherwise.

Oh, and I also got a call from my optometrist office that my new glasses were in a week early. BONUS!

Oh, and I got some walking in around the court house grounds when my group was told to report back in an hour. BONUS!

Thanks for listening, Spark Friends!!! Have a great Tuesday. My husband and I will be consulting with the cardiac specialist and picking up my new glasses. Hurray!

Peace,
Leslie




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  • CANNIE50
    "Long story short, I think there is a connection between gratitude, honesty, surrender, a positive attitude, and positive outcomes. I can call it God, I can call it Karma, I can call it Cosmic, but I learned one more time the value of staying in the moment and appreciating my circumstances. It is a waste of time to do otherwise" Amen to this - I love this. I absolutely do not believe in luck or coincidence. I do believe in providence and serendipity. I am glad you were a recipient and I am praying all goes well with your treatment.

    I stopped by to thank you for your comments on my "addiction" blog - I could so relate to what you wrote in your comments. My husband's "baby brother" has been in and out of jail and prison so many times, I have lost count. He brought two children to this earth and both are with other families (we have been raising one and he is a tremendous blessing to us but I see the toll the early damage has taken on him-thank God he is an unusually durable little kid). My mother-in-law (who has a Black Belt in enabling, unfortunately) once cried out to me "I just don't know what that child (he is 31) wants!" I told her "heroin, he wants heroin". Harsh, I know, but to try and placate an addict is to take a straw to an ocean - you won't get far. I find addiction and addicts exhausting. Some days I wish I could find a little pocket of denial and hide out there, but that just creates other problems. I wish you all the best and I look forward to getting to know you better. emoticon
    2317 days ago
  • AJDOVER1
    you are blessed and I'm blessed to know you. Pretty cool the way it all works out.
    2331 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    Oh, my dear friend.
    You are just such an incredible person.
    You deserve every single wonderful thing that happens to you.
    I learn so much from you about living my best life.
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    2331 days ago
  • SHERRY666
    I'M SO HAPPY THAT THEY CAN GET YOU INTO THE CARDIAC......... I KNOW YOU HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS..... SUCH GREAT NEWS.... YOU RADIATE WITH CONFIDENCE AND POSITIVELY..... SO MUCH TO HAPPEN IN ONE DAY AND IT'S ALL GOOD..... YOU WERE IN THE RIGHT PLACE... DOING THE RIGHT THING ..... AT THE EXACT RIGHT TIME........ EVERYTHING FELL INTO PLACE...... I BELIEVE EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENS....... HAPPENS FOR A REASON....... THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS UPLIFTING STORY LESLIE........
    2331 days ago
  • LARSIL
    As to it being a "God thing" -- God provides in wonderful ways, whether we can see it or not!

    Glad Monday was a good day for you -- now, on to the rest of the week!

    Larry
    2331 days ago
  • EBEAMS
    Look at YOU ... Just rolling in the positive! That is awesome! Hope all is well with the cardiac thing! Take care ... and I'll be praying for you!
    2331 days ago
  • KANOE10
    What a wonderful positive day for you. I like the idea of making notes of things to be thankful for. I will find out today if I have duty. You inspire me to be positive.

    That is very good news about getting an apt with your cardiologist so soon..and new glasses no less.

    You deserve a great day! emoticon
    2331 days ago
  • BETHGILLIGAN
    Once again, I must say what an amazing woman you are!!! You continue to be an inspiration to me! My new motto will be: "What would Leslie do?" emoticon
    YAY for the new glasses and the progress on getting the procedure done!! Thinkin of you!
    2331 days ago
  • MAESTRAPLANK1
    Dearest SparkFriend, you are the one person I know who can turn a PITY PARTY into a celebration! I really appreciate this blog because it reminds me ...all of us... to look at the glass half full, not half empty and to make lemonade out of lemons! It is how we choose to deal with obstacles that determines our quality of life! You have an extremely rich life! emoticon
    2331 days ago
  • TRAVELGRRL
    What an awesome lesson, and how astute of you to realize it and blog about it. It really is "a waste to do otherwise."

    Good luck with your appt. today.
    2331 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    AWESOMENESS!
    You were dismissed from Jury Duty!
    Everything happens for a reason. Events in your life. Story of your Monday!
    emoticon emoticon Wonderful news!
    That's great "Leslie" !
    You'll see a Cardiac specialist on Tuesday! WooHoo!
    And will be wearing your New glasses, they are Ready for You!
    Very Cool❤
    2332 days ago
  • MEDDYPEDDY
    Thanks for sharing - wonderful story! I get this insight now and then too - to trust that it will be all right if I let go and let God. But it is hard!
    2332 days ago
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