Because I want to be intentional about expressing my gratitude even when I don’t feel like it…
Day 22: I am grateful to have a home to clean.
I complain sometimes because it seems as though I am forever cleaning something, but I need to stop that. From Houston to Chicago to Saint Louis and now in Nashville, I see homeless person after homeless person.
So many people are homeless, living from couch to couch, in shelters, or out in the streets. Everything they own they carry from place to place, not having anywhere to put up their pictures or wash their clothes or fix a meal.
Maybe they are homeless through their own fault–drugs and alcohol or whatever. But sometimes it is just life: loss of job, fire, domestic abuse, mental health issues… When I look at the situations that my own family has overcome, I am reminded that too many Americans are one paycheck away from the kindness of a stranger for a meal or a place to lay their heads.
So today, as I scrub toilets and fold clothes, I am simply grateful that I have this much. As the songwriter said: it could have been me outdoors with no food or clothes.