The Face Of Gratitude Blessed Me

by Migdalia Rivera

This week I met gratitude face to face. In the middle of a chaotic week, I learned I had more to offer when I had nothing to give.

Like most women, I am constantly juggling my time to accomplish as much as possible in a 24 hour day. I make to do lists, trying to squeeze in as much as possible. I am Woman. I am Invinsible… or so they say.

And so I work, buy groceries, pay bills, cook breakfast, lunch and dinner, mop, sweep, wash clothes, fold clothes, do homework, call teachers, dry tears, kiss boo boos, walk the dogs, bathe the pets, encourage friends, and in between it all try to squeeze 5 minutes for a prayer.

Its a house of cards that can fall from the slightest breeze, offering little room to focus on anything outside of it. Because I can’t control the direction of the wind, or even see outside my “everything”, unless its placed right in front of my face.

This week enlightment came in the form of a McDonalds smoothie.

I know.

Don’t laugh.

God really does use everything. :)

During the Thanksgiving chaos, I decided I needed a moment for myself to enjoy a Strawberry Banana Smoothie. I grabbed my bag and ran out the door not realizing I had left my wallet on the table. Thankfully, I had several McDonald’s coupons in my bag received during the Latism 11 conference.

I paid and left McDonalds, delighted that I wouldn’t have to run back home for my wallet. Sipping on my sweet healthy goodness, I passed a homeless man.

Our eyes connected.

He asked me for spare change.

I said I had none and continued walking. I walked half a block but couldn’t go further. I had a nagging feeling that I should go back. I couldn’t walk away. Reaching into my bag I pulled out the coupons. They were all I had.

I walked back… slowly.

As I approached, he turned and looked into my eyes as I said,

I’m sorry I don’t have any money but I do have this.

He continued to look into my eyes for what seemed an eternity, than looked down at my hand before looking back at me. His eyes lit up and he smiled, revealing two missing front teeth. As he took the coupons, he said

Thank you. You came back when so many don’t. God bless you.

And God did.


Homeless Man In New York
May you always be thankful, may you never forget, its when you think you have nothing, that you truly will get, all the things that really matter. Your monetary worth, your to do list or your work, don’t matter one bit, if you can’t see anything outside your “everything”.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Let’s talk! What are you thankful for?

About the Author

Migdalia Rivera, also known as Ms. Latina in social media, is a single Latina mother of a teen, tween and 2 Australian Shepherds. When not blogging, or chasing after her energetic bunch, she connects influential bloggers with brands and PR agencies via her blogger network, Stiletto Media.

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