Yesterday evening, the girls and dogs and I loaded up in the RAV and took an evening drive.
Before setting off for the countryside, we stopped by Scooter’s for coffee. The streets nearby were filled with many more homeless people than usual, and I felt a deep sadness for them.
On the way to the countryside, we passed by the domestic violence shelter that we lived in when we first arrived in Greeley, Colorado. Nearby were the public housing units we lived in when my income was literally $500 a month.
I remember the stress of being homeless as I was literally covered in hives from head-to-toe. My girls actually have good memories about it because the domestic violence shelter staff made it fun for them-for which I was grateful.
Things with their father are far less contentious now; I think we have both grown past that difficult time.
But times were hard, and I had little hope that we would end up in a better situation.
Because I could not really do anything for the homeless people that I saw, I said a prayer for them to come into better circumstances and thanked god for the income we have now.
We drove north toward Cheyenne, Wyoming and took in the sights of all the farms and rolling plains. Then, we looped back south and took in western views of the mountains that were hidden by waves of clouds, which resembled a vast ocean.
I love the sky here in Colorado. It is so expansive and full!
We listened to these songs during the drive (the girls picked out some of the songs):
- “Burning Love” Elvis Presley
- “Chain of Fools” Aretha Franklin
- “Be My Baby” The Ronettes
- “Superstition” Stevie Wonder
- “Toxic” Britney Spears
- “Like the Rain” Clint Black
- “Modern Love” David Bowie
- “Lips Like Sugar” Echo and the Bunnymen
- “I Feel Lucky” Mary Chapin Carpenter
- “Fast as You” Dwight Yoakam
- “I Like It, I Love It” Tim McGraw
- “Stronger” Kanye West
- “Blue Ain’t Your Color” Keith Urban
- “Wish I Knew You” The Revivalists
Doing something as simple as taking an evening drive can help you Create Your Bliss and make wonderful memories. It can also help you to practice gratitude (and even charity).