This week has not been a great one, if I’m being 100% honest. I have not felt good, and have been quite stressed out with training at work and a few other things that life has thrown my way. I was up all last night coughing (My poor roommate probably hates me now!) and I had to get up at 5 am in order to make it to the bus on time for work at 7:15. Instead of calling in sick, I went to work anyway, and thought that they would just send me home… I was mistaken. Oh, and did I mention that I have only been trained for night shifts and they randomly scheduled me in the morning? (The restaurant is completely different from morning to night!) But despite all of these things happening, as I rode the bus home from work, I thought to myself, “Yeah, this has been a pretty sucky week. But you can choose to be grateful instead of bitter.” And then I got to thinking, and it is so true! So decided to put this in action and make a list. I am currently grateful for:
-All of the old people that I work with, who call me “sweetie” and who are willing to show me the ropes when I am confused on something.
-For Massimo the chef from Italy who tells me stories of his home country and encourages me to go there someday.
-For finally getting work pants that are long enough! (I have been sporting high waters for the last 3 weeks!)
-For the sweet bus driver who gave me a water bottle because I was coughing, and who made a special stop for me, so I wouldn’t have to walk as far.
-For FaceTime, to be able to stay in touch with friends and family.
-For the friends that I have made at work.
-For my car at home. I miss it dearly.
-For my friends and family who support me and have not forgotten about me!
-For the cute boy who works at the front desk of our apartment complex.
-For the Gospel. I look around at this different world down here, and I am so thankful for the knowledge that I have, and for the guidance it provides me.
-For cough drops and Robitussin.
-For the opportunity to meet new people, daily, from all over the world. Like our LDS friends we randomly met on Splash Mountain!
-For Chipotle and Red Velvet shakes.
-For my roommates who have all been there for me, in some way or another, and are always so willing to help me with whatever I need.
-For the opportunity to work for Disney and to be able to go and play at the parks for free. It is amazing how much more fun you can have when you aren’t feeling guilty about how much money you have spent!
-For this time in my life where I can learn to get through my trails with a smile on my face.
I know that there will always be something to complain about. But the other side to that, is that there is always something to smile at or to be grateful for, too. I personally, am choosing to be grateful. And I hope you do too.