A Day in the Life

Homeschooling and Medieval Living

Neighbors

on January 16, 2013

– From the Daily Compass:

A neighbor is just a random person who lives near you, someone who gets their mail  at about the same time you do. It’s the most arbitrary connection in the world. And yet Jesus put “love your neighbor as yourself” at the heart of his description of religious life. The person we are called to love is anyone we come in contact with whether we have reason to like them or not.

Who have you treated with love recently, simply because they were there?

I am an independent contractor. I work for Star Delivery Service. In turn, I run a route for MWI Vet Supply. I take vet supplies and I deliver them to vets and ranchers. This job requires driving over 250 miles a day. It is also exhausting. But I like the people I meet. I treat all the vets, ranchers, and staff with love. I do this just because they are there. One of them once said “You are always so happy and cheerful. How do you do it everyday?” I am not always happy and cheerful. But, they don’t need to know that. I smile at everyone and I laugh (even when I don’t feel like it) with them. I do this because my bad day has nothing to do with them. It is not their fault if I am having a bad day. They certainly don’t deserve my wrath or unhappy outlook. So, I give them kindness and love in return. I do this with my co-workers as well. I leave home life at home and I have no baggage when I walk in the door. What happens at home should have no bearing on my job. So, I walk into the warehouse with a smile and a hello for everyone. Sometimes, this takes an extreme amount of patience and grace. I have a mom who is a breast cancer survivor, volunteer work that drives me crazy, and the nutty traffic of Dallas/Fort Worth. It is enough to drive me nuts. But all that goes away when I cross work’s threshold. I start each day with a clean slate. It helps me to stay upbeat and it certainly helps my work performance.  Who will you love today?

 

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