If I were to give an account for my day I’d say:
1. I gave sincere praise to a coworker.
2. I shared in a friend’s excitement for her accomplishment.
3. I took pleasure in a friend’s success for overcoming an obstacle.
4. I shared an article with a friend who has a difficult supervisor. He admitted using similar techniques described in the article and experiencing success. We both reveled in his achievement.
5. When presented with a problem – I resisted avoiding it – instead I listened and my associate and I came up with a solution.
6. I gave a coworker credit even though she wasn’t in the room.
7. I was courteous to someone I dislike and received courtesy in return.
8. I was grateful to a stranger for her kindness.
9. I prayed for someone with more sorrow than I can imagine.
10. I got up.
I can tell you all the horrible things that happened today but those aren’t as noteworthy as the good I accomplished despite how my day began. In fact, without the horrible aspect to my day I wouldn’t have reflected on the good I achieved today – no matter how small or insignificant. Moreover, I may not have been as motivated to have bothered doing any good in the first place. I did what I thought was impossible and unlikely: I made orange juice from lemons! (Because I don’t like lemonade!)
When life hands you lemons, do what seems impossible and unlikely!
Camera: Canon 5D Mark II
Lens: 50 mm
Date: February 2015
Props: Orange juice was way past its prime but it made a great prop.
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“…hearts that are generous and noble love to do good. “–St. Therese of Lisieux