I was having dinner in Dublin, feeling very happy and spoiled when I received a powerful reminder to always be grateful. All through my meal I noticed my server working very hard and seemed much busier or at least more attentive than anyone else.
As I was getting ready to leave she asked where I was from in the US and then told me she was moving to New York. She had been selected from an event in Ireland to work in the US. She was so excited and very nervous.
What a fantastic opportunity for a young woman from eastern Europe who I'm certain has had challenges that I can't even imagine. Suddenly I felt a strong sense of the immense privilege that I've been blessed with. Thinking that even the most meager upbringing in America is beyond what many people have in other parts of the world.
She was very surprised when I gave her my number and asked her to let me know how she is doing or if she needed anything. I felt humbled and immediately grateful for such a wonderful life.