Allegedly, according to social media outlets, yesterday was world kindness day.
It was also Friday the 13th.
For those superstitious folks, I can totally get why you’d like to hide on the day, especially with the year we are all having!
As for me, historically, the day is usually a good one for me, so I look at the day without too much foreboding!
However, yesterday I did take the day off. A sick day for mental health. A day to turn off the computer and hang my brain up and do things that rejuvenate my soul. First things first....before I even had my second cup of coffee...I started baking!
My kids were thrilled to have fresh pancakes when they took their breaks in between classes.
I made a chocolate cake and some mini Bundt cakes to test out how they’d come out for portion control. It worked great for my pumpkin bread, so I figured why not!
Then it struck me...I have some pumpkin muffins and Bundts in the freezer still that I wanted to share with a coworker...I think I’ll bring one to her this morning. Then my brain kicked on to include the chocolate cake mini bundt. Then my brain kicked in again saying that I could hit not only her house, but my Aunt’s house that was close by - bring her the kids’ pictures and a treat as well. Then I thought of my old coworker who is a few towns over...I could do her to! And since I was on a roll, why not bring something to my aunt and uncle on the north shore...the drive is nice, and by that time, they should be up and moving around!
My mental health day and spontaneous adventure was just what the doctor ordered! Not only did it lift my spirits, it lifted others spirits as well! Socially distanced, masked up visits spreading a little love and sugar warmed all of our hearts!
That pic above is my uncle and aunt who are in their late 80s. I propped open the storm door, and stood about 8 feet from them off their porch, under an umbrella in a drizzle. Small price to pay on my part to see their smiling faces!
As I was driving home, reflecting and smiling at how the spontaneous adventure turned out, I realized I could do an errand at the local big bulk store..I didn’t have anywhere to rush to, and standing on line to fix the error was going to have to be faced at some point in time. So I went.
As I walked into the store, I noticed the customer service line for returns was quite short, and nonexistent on one side. I approached the service desk asking where I should stand and she went right into asking what I needed.
So here’s that story: I renewed my membership at my last visit. My hubby said we were up for renewal so I didn’t question it, although I thought $120 was a little steep. As I got out to the car, and looked at my receipt I saw “business renewal” ....which in turn made me look at my card. Lo and behold, the card I used was my father’s joint business membership with me on it. The membership was never canceled. I could have sworn I was on my hubby’s account. Ergo, the much needed visit to inform them that the account should be canceled and hopefully get a refund.
The lady assisting me was more than helpful and did just that...and she checked my hubby’s account and wouldn’t you know, I was on that account too! So she just printed me out a new card. No need to have the hubby come back and do it separately. Score!
I had to smile and acknowledge that it seemed that the universe was giving me some goodness on that Friday the 13th.
I followed my gut. I let the universe guide my actions. I was open to the being in the moment.
It’s nice when things fall into place like that.
“For it is in giving that we receive.”
Best mental health day ever!