Gracious Gratitude
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Gracious Gratitude

Day 1012


Yesterday afternoon I thought someone had broken into my house through the front window. Turned out it was just a wayward frond of a palm tree that disagreed with the trellis.

Regardless, I was left with a gaping hole in the window. Thanks to some quick thinking and campaign posters courtesy of Joe Biden, I was able to block things up and secure the spot. Having a lousy landlord who prefers letting things go to seed and not responding for repairs, I reached out to my neighborhood’s Facebook group.

Within minutes I was connected to a lovely fellow named Juan whose nascent handyman business was shattered by the pandemic, and who had started picking up odd jobs around the neighborhood to make ends meet. We met in my driveway, six feet apart and masked, to talk through what needed to be done.

It’s a funny thing. Interviewing someone you’ll be bringing into your home — and doing it all with only eye contact to serve. It’s proof that the eyes really do speak volumes, because the thing that struck me immediately about Juan, was his eyes. They were kind. As we stood he told me a story about wanting to give his 18 year old daughter a present for her recent birthday and the struggles to do that in light of circumstances. My first thought — what a lucky daughter to have a father whose only concern in the midst of chaos, is making sure that her birthday was special.

My window is fixed and now my laundry list of big projects is going to get done, because Juan and I are going to do them together. I get to have company and help for some rather tedious tasks and in the process get to know that I’m helping out another small business person who’s struggling to get things going.

I’m reminded that some of the most powerful businesses we know today were born during economic downturns. I can’t wait to see the business that Juan grows. One thing is for sure, it will be based on someone with great compassion and a good heart.

Today’s Gracious Gratitude. I am grateful for:

  • A wonderful neighborhood
  • New friends
  • My new front window
  • My dogs
  • That I have pretty mad skills in the kitchen
  • My mother enjoying my Instagram feed
  • Hot showers after a long day
  • Sleep



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Cathy Brooks

Cathy Brooks

Raconteur and Silicon Valley expat who’s gone to the dogs … literally. Read more here