Playing Diner Dash on my phone prepared me little for the role-swap that was to happen, the day I turned waiter for a day at Lighthouse Bistro. In fact, preparation usually starts two hours before service.
But we all have something to be thankful for and sometimes we just need to be reminded of it. A few days ago, I learned that one of my coworkers died on Wednesday. He was about 40 years old and had colon cancer. I have another part-time job not in the restaurant industry and this is where we worked together.
About two months ago, he came to work again and we were all surprised and delighted to see his smiling face. That was the last time I saw Marlin.
Two weeks ago, I sent a letter to him in the hospital letting him know how often we at work thought about him and what an inspiration he was to me.
The positivity he had was mind-boggling. Every time I spoke to him about his cancer, he had no doubt he would be okay. He smiled through his pain and made me a better person for it. He fought until the very end and I will always aspire to do that in any difficult situation.
And that is something to be thankful for. Please take a moment to be thankful for that. Forget that Table 7 is annoying you. Pay no mind to that crack on your iPhone screen. If only for one minute, take the time to appreciate life.
No matter how difficult it may seem at times, be thankful that you can breathe in an breath out. To anyone who is dealing with the loss of a loved one, please know that you are surrounded by people who care about you. While mourning one loss, recognize what you still have: I am thankful you were a part of my life.
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