This morning, as I was sitting in my green chair drinking my coffee, my son Rick was preparing to go surfing. He bounded up and down the stairs at least a half a dozen times. His phone was ringing at a volume I didn't know was an available option. He was gathering his surfing stuff, cooking waffles, and talking on the phone all at the same time.
Usually all this activity, while I was drinking my first cup of coffee of the morning, would drive me crazy.
This morning was different.
It was different because I chose to see it with eyes of gratitude.
I saw a healthy young man preparing to go and do something that he is passionate about and brings him joy. For that I am grateful.
Before he left he told his dad and I that we may be able to go on the Internet and watch him surf today. Apparently there is a web cam where he hopes to surf today. He said that if he is there he will text us so we can pull it up on the computer and watch.
Ordinarily, I would be resistant to watching him surf because I worry about his safety.
Today, as I see with eyes of gratitude, I am hoping to be able to watch him surf. I will be filled with gratitude to watch him doing something that I know brings him joy. It will bring me joy too.
Thank You, God.