I’m sure it bothered me more than it bothered my neighbors that my front lawn was overgrown with weeds and the grass was getting longer by the day. Every time I pulled in and out of my driveway, it was there. A reminder of things left undone.
My mower had stopped working on me. Not once, but twice. The first time, I topped off the gas. That wasn’t the problem. The mower still wouldn’t start.
“Did you check the oil?” my dad asked when I mentioned it to him.
“It takes oil?” I asked, chagrined.
Adding oil to the mower fixed the problem long enough for me to mow one section of the yard, and then the mower cut out on me again.
By way of context, I should tell you that the overgrown grass is just one of my current concerns. Financial worries and physical exhaustion have made the days when I was carrying out my kindness challenge seem like a lifetime ago. In a way, they are. So much has changed in my life in the past eighteen or so months since my marriage and family started to fall apart. (I separated from my husband a year ago).
Just recently, I’d listened to a meditation series presented by Oprah and Deepak Chopra, on Manifesting Grace through Gratitude. On Day 19, Oprah introduced the meditation with a story about a difficult time in her life. She was crying to her mentor Maya Angelou who, rather than try to console Oprah, told her, “Stop it. Stop your crying right now and be grateful.”
Be grateful, Angelou continued, because God has put a rainbow in every cloud. And that rainbow is waiting for you, yet to be discovered.
Today, I found my rainbow.
I was working at home this afternoon and I heard a mower outside my office window. I turned to see my neighbor mowing my lawn. I was slightly embarrassed, I’ll admit.
But mostly, I was grateful.
Thank you, Chris, for showing me kindness when I needed it most. 🌈