To be grateful in life can mean many different things but on this particular day I am grateful for a variety of reasons and they don’t all necessarily go together. I started out having a decent day and then everything seemed to fall apart around noon time. However, even though I started to despair I remembered that I was still going to be able to have lunch with a former coworker that I literally hadn’t seen in a year since she retired last December.

This coworker has always been a friend, confidante, and faith-filled believer that I depended upon greatly when she and I worked together. I could always call on her at work to get advice and her take on things that happened on a daily basis. I really miss her in so many ways but that is one of the biggest ways in which I miss her daily presence. She always knew the right thing to say and would always do anything for anybody, no matter what the consequences. She was and is truly a wonderful person to have on my side.

I am truly blessed to have been able to have lunch with her today and be able to catch up on old times, telling her about everything going on at work and knowing full well that she understood where I was coming from. I was nervous at first to see her again after it being almost a year but it was funny in that as soon as I saw her I felt as though no time had passed at all. We just fell right back in to our old pattern of talking and chatting about what had been going on in our lives.

I will tell you that I ended up having an almost two-hour lunch with her today which I had already planned for and enjoyed every minute of it. She is one person that I didn’t want to have to be rushed in talking to on a typical work day. As it is, I am working a split anyway and will have to go back in later tonight to finish up my shift so I figured that gave me all the time in the world.

I am so grateful for the time that we had together today and just felt like sharing it with the rest of the blogosphere. We both agreed that we shouldn’t wait this long again to get together and I intend to keep that promise. True friends are hard to come by in this life and she is certainly one that I don’t ever want to lose touch with if I can help it.

So, my inspiration for today is named, Debby, and I will always treasure her and the words of advice that she gave me today. “God has you in the palm of his hand and he will always be with you, guiding you along the way…”

Thank you for a treasured friend…

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