Elysha's World

Elysha's World

Monday, December 21, 2015

I Like Life - Count Your Many Blessings

This week had been filled with little miracles. I feel like sometimes I forget to look at the good that happens and life, and I forget to write it down so it’s easy to forget. 

I don’t even remember all of the things that happened this week, it’s been so full of great things, but I’d like to share a few with you. The first great thing is that I finally saw “Scrooge the Musical.” A co-worker told me about it, and I was surprised that I’d never heard of it. It’s an old film and the music wasn’t even that great, but it made me feel the spirit of Christmas. We ended up talking for a few hours before and after the movie. There was a song in the movie that has been stuck in my head all week long. It’s called “I Like Life.” It’s really catchy and made me smile. 

I got to catch up with a lot of friends this week. I don’t know if it’s the holiday season, or people just want to get in touch with people. Either way I don’t mind; I enjoy spending time with people!

On Wednesday I went out with my friend to get Indian food because the night before we’d watched “The Hundred Foot Journey.” We had a great evening and then she paid for my dinner. She didn’t have to do that, but it was really sweet of her. This is just one of the many blessings from this week.

Thursday- I had a few options of things to do, but I wasn’t really feeling like doing any of them. I came home and sat in my front room (admittedly kind of feeling bad for myself for no good reason) and I realized that my friend came home from her LDS mission the day before. I went straight to her house to see if she was home and we ended up spending the rest of the evening together. I took her to a bunch of different apartment’s so she could reconnect and say hello to everyone. I smiled all night long. I couldn’t help it, my friend is finally home! 

Friday- I had a busy day at work and then came home and once again felt down because most of my friends had gone home for Christmas break. I didn’t have any fun Friday night plans, and I’m single and it’s the Christmas season. I decided it would be a good idea to spend a few hours watching funny YouTube videos. It did make me feel better, and I realized that I needed to go out and do something fun. As I was eating dinner I got this text from my friend. It was her birthday and she was feeling down and had been by herself all day. This is the second time this has happened to me this year. I immediately called her and planned out the rest of our evening and got some other people involved as well. (Mostly I realized this week, that I may feel down sometimes, but there is always someone who is having a harder time than me, and I need to get over myself and go find those in need of a friend. I’m constantly being reminded of this.) I was also honored that these friends felt they could text me when they were feeling down. It makes me want to be always ready to help a friend in need.

I put a present together for her and then we went skating. I told her I didn’t want to skate, but I’d go and support her. There were 3 of us there, but only she and her other friend were skating. I felt bad, but I wasn’t wearing the right clothes, and I was afraid of falling down and hurting myself. Our other friend showed up and we found out it was date night, so she paid to get in, and then got me a free voucher for skates or whatever I wanted. So I reluctantly took the voucher and went and got a scooter. I’m really glad I did.  This was another small miracle, but it made a big difference. Its two days later and I’m super sore when all I did was scooter. We had an amazing time and even though there weren’t very many of us, I know it made her night. We went to Denny’s and got her a free birthday meal after as well. 

Saturday - My roommate and I decided to go to Zupas for dinner (because we’d been out all day and didn’t want to cook) and when we went up to pay, they told us the register was broken, and that our meals were free! This by itself really was a miracle! 

Side story: *Earlier in the day a different friend had called me and we’d met up for lunch. If you know me at all then you know that I love to go out to eat and spend time with my friends. Before going to dinner with my roommate I started thinking of all of the times I’d eaten out this week, and didn’t really want to go out, but I wanted to spend some time with her, and neither one of us wanted to go home and cook. 
Monday- Ate at home
Tuesday- Ate at home
Wednesday –Indian food
Thursday – Burgers
Friday – Denny’s
Saturday – Mexican food, Zupas
Sunday-A friend’s family made me dinner

However, it turned out to be a blessing because my friend paid for my meal on Wednesday and then we got free food on Saturday. I kept thinking to myself that I eat out way too much, but then I think of all the conversations I’ve had with friends and I realize that maybe all of this is bigger than me. When I find myself worried about things, God always shows me that he’s there for me. It may have been a coincidence that we got our food for free, but to my knowledge, we were the only 2 people that this happened to that night; the girls after us had to pay. I jokingly called it our Jesus date, because he made sure our meal was covered. 

God knows all of the little insignificant details of our lives. He knows when we are tired and hungry. He knows when we feel down on ourselves. However, if we trust in Him, He’ll always make sure that we are taken care of.  I know this is true. I have no doubt in in my mind. He loves me. He loves you. Sometimes it’s nice to be reminded of that. 

I have further proof of God’s love.

I had a completely different plan for myself on Saturday. In fact I had plans to do nothing and sit at home and clean my room. As it turns out, I ended up going to lunch, spending 3-4 hours shopping with my roommate and friend, and then to top it all off getting a free meal. 

After the free dinner I came home to watch a movie with my roommate, and half-way through the movie someone came to our door, put something down, and then left. I waited a few minutes until the car had left to see what they had left. I figured it would be a plate of cookies. I opened the door and there was an anonymous note for me. I opened it up, and someone had left a coupon for a free 60 minute Swedish massage! I have no idea what angel left that for me, but that’s all I’ve wanted for about the past year. I’ve looked into going and getting one, but I always get too nervous, and tell myself that I don’t really need it even though my back is in knots. I feel like not very many people know that about me, so it was a total surprise! 

To top it all off! Sunday (today/yesterday since I’m typing this at midnight) – I went to my friends homecoming to hear her tell the congregation about her LDS mission. There weren’t a lot of people there because of the holiday season, but I got to catch up with a few old friends. After it was over I came home and my roommate and I ate waffles for lunch. (Basically we both really dislike cooking.) I had just finished eating when my friend showed up at the door. She said that our other friend had invited us to go to her house for a Christmas dinner. This was a total surprise and I was happy to accept. It was fun to spend a Sunday evening with my friend’s family and see all of the traditions that they had. They fed us basically a Thanksgiving dinner and we played games and read stories. We also drove around and saw the lights. It was the perfect beginning to a new week. 

A lot of the time I wish I had large amounts of money so I could buy extravagant presents for my friends and family. I wish I could give people what they want and need. I wish I could make their lives better and give them the security they seek. However, I know I don’t have the funds or the means. Lately however, I’ve realized that I’ve got something else to give. I’ve got my time. I’ve got my heart and I’ve got my attitude. It’s amazing really. 

My extended family is very well off. I grew up going out to eat all of the time. (That might be why I like it so much!) I know that money can buy you a lot of things. However when problems arise, money does basically nothing for you. Money can’t hold you. Money can’t tell you everything is going to be alright. Money can’t talk to you. Money will spend time with you, but it can disappear very quickly, and you’re still alone. I’ve seen the good and the bad of money. I think it’s an amazing thing; however, I’d take an hour talking to a true friend over a handful of dollar bills any day. 

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