This really should be week 8, but since we were on hiatus for a few weeks, we’ll continue where we left off: week 5! My two ideas for choosing to be present in a good life for the week come from acts of service received by my family over the past couple of weeks.
1. Hold the elevator door, especially when you see someone coming.
While we were in Chicago, we took the opportunity to visit the Field Museum. We went on a weekend day, which meant the museum was super-crowded. At one point, our little crowd got to a nearly-empty elevator just as the doors were closing. The two people inside could easily have been wishing for the momentary quiet and privacy of the elevator ride, but they both leaped forward to hold the doors so we could get on. As our little crowd was tired, whiny, and ready to go home, I was so grateful to not have to try to keep the herd together while we waited for the next elevator. It’s a very simple act of service, but still one that meant the world to us!
2. Compliment someone over seventy.
My mom is midway through her seventies, and is now a widow. She is a remarkable lady who still volunteers to give of her time and talents in many ways, but sometimes life can still be lonely. Take notice of a senior citizen this week. Compliment her outfit, her sewing or other project, or her service and participation in the community around her. We need these wonderful people. They have so much wisdom to share with us. A compliment is a simple way to share a little blessing back with them!