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Monday, July 14, 2014

The Circle of Life...find it in your life too..

Saturday our little catering company had three jobs, a baptism, a funeral and a wedding.  I realized about half way through the day we were involved with a true circle of life.  We have done all of those things before but never in one day, and never for nicer people.

We meet people having the best and sometimes the hardest times of their lives, because no matter what we need food, right?    And although we always strive to have great food, on time, presented beautifully, the contrasts I experienced on Saturday were simply profound.

The baptism was for the child of a dear friend....a very sweet and happy friend.  I was so glad we could be a part of such a great occasion for them.  I love that family and bringing Ray Ray's incredible chicken fingers and Raybolis just made me happy!!

The funeral was for an employee of another good friend, an extremely sad occasion as the death was unexpected.  She wanted her company to provide all the food after the funeral.  She knew the family was in shock and taking this off their shoulders was a great gift to them.  In our culture we don't like to refer to food as comfort, it's just fuel, right?  But sometimes food is called upon to be comfort, and that is what we were doing, we were bringing comfort.  

The wedding was the last event on Saturday, all completely organized by the brother of the bride.  In our conversations through the week he said he wanted this wedding to be perfect as his gift to her.  How can you not be touched by that?  It was a reaffirmation that people are wonderful and kind.  Later that night as I was leaving the venue my client came over and told me how great everything had been and how much he appreciated what we had done.  He was completely sincere....then his sister, the bride, came over and said. "thank you, I couldn't have asked for anything better."  Brides don't usually take the time to thank us, they have a lot going on....but I remember each one that has taken the time.  This bride and this client were indeed special...I am grateful they were pleased with what we did.

The life lesson from this experience?  

First,  be aware, sometimes we get caught up in our own lives so much we don't see the great stories happening all around us.  

Second, do your best....always, no matter what it is, do your best....iron your shirt, tell the truth, be on your best.  

And lastly, be matter how important your life events are to you, think of the people around you and be grateful.  Don't turn away from any opportunity to sincerely thank someone.  It helps you remember all the blessings, tender mercies, and miracles that are happening in your life every day.

Thank you for stopping by, I appreciate every single one of you!!


  1. What a day for you. To experience all of those lifecycle events at once. Grateful is so important and makes us so much more aware of what's good in out lives.

    1. Thank you Sharon, it was a good day. An affirmation we are doing what we are supposed to do.

  2. Seeing the profound in the simple is such a gift, and you have it, in spades, Donna. Thank you for this beautiful reminder today.

  3. And thank you Carol....friends like you continue help me see the profound, thank you

  4. Donna, thank you for the reminder of the importance of the little things in life. Especially for showing gratitude to others for what they do for us. After my husband passed away (unexpectedly) I several people tell me how he always said: "Thank you, thank you thank you!" He always said it three times and meant what he said. There wasn't a day that went by that he didn't compliment me on something I did. He was my amazing example of showing gratitude to others. I am trying to remember to do this in my own life. Thanks you again for your thoughtful post!!

  5. Thank you for sharing this beautiful and inspiring post!

  6. Great post! Thanks for sharing. :-)

  7. Just regret I am going to miss all the good eats at my funeral.

  8. WOW, circle of life indeed! What a day...