Refilling the G Quotient

I have blogged about this before, because it really seems practical and useful. Giving thanks, being grateful, and the G Quotient aka Gratitude Quotient in you life may correspond with how happy you feel.Feeling grateful is a fantastic way to start your day, and that is what happened to me this Tuesday.


Morning light on Okanagan Lake

This Tuesday I had the most pleasant morning, at the city hospital and refilled my G Quotient. Allow me to share with you what made this visit special to me. I am a regular at the lab, giving blood and so on and I fast for these blood tests. Hungry me I get there by 7 am so I can “beat the rush” which really means “beat the wait” and have my tests done when the lab opens at 7:30. Other wise souls know how long the wait can be and they sometimes beat me there. That was the case this Tuesday, a gentleman and his wife were already waiting at the lab in front of me at 7 am. I joked how disappointed I was to be 3rd in line and we struck up a conversation. (how bashful I am, I know)

I never found out his name but we ended up discussing transplants. This gentleman had had a double lung transplant and he looked great. He had this huge surgical scar that went up from under one armpit over his chest in a rising half circle and then dropped under the other armpit.  He described as being opened up like a giant clamshell, and then of course they smiled. I was struck by this word picture and then I saw the actual scar in pictures on his phone. He also showed me his old lungs, like a worn out brown men’s wallet, you would never guess it was a lung picture. But like a man proud of his new car, he showed me pictures of his new lungs  just before they went in, what pink beauties they were, and he was driving those now. 🙂

I shook this man’s hand and we smiled. We were survivors. He had refilled my G Quotient and after being poked and swabbed, vials of blood labeled and put away, I sashayed down that hall feeling empty and full. I was empty of food tummywise, but I was full of gratitude for meeting this man.
Feeling a bit down? Take a moment like I do, and count your blessings, having your G tank full makes this life journey pretty darn sweet.

Thanks for reading, and I love it if you follow this blog, and check out past posts, and comments and suggestions are more than welcome. 





About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
This entry was posted in Thinking Out loud and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

5 Responses to Refilling the G Quotient

  1. Barry says:

    Thank you David, I’m grateful to call you a friend. You’re a courageous man.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Ingrid says:

    Thoughtful post – very nice! Good health is something I’m grateful for every day.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s