Today has been a very productive and fulfilling day. Not only have I filled my tummy with delicious local fare but also filled my spirit with positivity.
It is a challenge to plan to meet up with friends or go places or just to have fun because every weekend is filled with tasks, errands, calls for assistance, etc. I have put aside many things I want to do for myself. I also feel guilty when I do not stay home to spend time or even be there physically for my aged parents every weekend. Almost every Saturday and Sunday is filled with activities outside.
I finally decided to take my shoes to my shoemaker in the city for repairs. At the same time, meet up with a good friend to visit and also go on a food spree. Talk about killing more than 2 birds with one stone. With half the day to spend, I could say that those hours were fulfilling and filled with motivation.
It was important for me to have at least one motivation or to make a difference to someone or even learn something from someone. I had all of them today.
When I went to my shoe maker, she was wearing a face mask and a cap and I knew what she was going through. We chatted about her condition and she is still going through chemotherapy. She is optimistic and living as every other day. I pray she would recover and need not go through the series of chemo.
Then I met a wonderful 73 year old widow, Cynthia (I wrote about her in my Facebook page), who was cleaning tables making sure walk in customers have clean tables to enjoy their meals. She would greet everyone and smile. I greeted her and got to know her . She really inspired me with her pleasant and cheerful personality. She has good work ethics and she enjoyed what she was doing. Walking around, making sure all the tables were clean and trays put away, despite having rheumatoid arthritis. She continued to work because she wanted to keep herself busy. She lost her husband a year ago. She has 3 sons and 5 grandchildren (I believe). All doing very well. She did not want to trouble them and wanted to be independent.
She told me to keep smiling because I bring sunlight to people who see me smile. I think that was so beautiful. A stranger who gave me ‘silver boxes’ like that. This affirmation made a difference to me. It has been a long time, since someone said that to me; or I have not been smiling that much.
Then meeting up with my good friend and going on an eating spree was something I have not done for a while. It was fun. We had small portions of many different types of food where she lived. It was fun. The roasted duck, meatball soup, braised pork, coffee from another state, shaved ice with fruits, watercress in sugar water….
Wanted to have our King of all fruits – Durian, to end our spree but we could not find any.
We stopped by a little truck selling roasted pork and had a good chat with the boss. He is young and handsome. Jeremy is his name. He said that when he has extras and bits and pieces, he would give away to homes. It was good and my friend gave her number to him so that he can call (hopefully) to give her so that she can share them with poor communities that she knows. What a great day to meet like-minded people.
It was truly a day of pure fun and hanging out with good company.
Dinner was done for the day with so much calories during lunch. Still I took my parents out for dinner and hang with them
Overall, today was a good day and I can remember what I did. Usually I would run around like crazy and forget what I had done for the day. There is so much to tell about today but my brain can only remind me so much for now. Tired I guess!
Thank God for an inspiring and fun day! How was yours?