I try to live my life being observant and open to every experience. I work to be present in the NOW. This attitude has led me toward unbelievable spiritual growth, and sometimes I am amazed at where the lessons come from. Today, as I was making my, ‘daily,’ visit to the grocery store, I was reminded of that old saying, “you never know when there is a lesson to be learned.”
There was an elderly lady in the check out line, she was finished with her order and taking her time to put her wallet away, fetch her car keys and leave the cashier with a final greeting. “Have a nice day,” she said with a lovely smile on her face. You could tell that this little outing was one of the highlights of her day. It was a very sweet exchange; however, she had her cart passed the end of her lane and was blocking access to the common path to exit the store.
There was also another lady, also finished with her shopping and not in such a leisurely mood. I watched as she very slowly got aggravated with the elderly woman. This other woman was swaying back and forth trying to get around our happy little shopper, with no avail, and she just seemed trapped. Maybe the old saying is true, and maybe she was put into that situation to learn the art of patience, or maybe compassion.
I stood back and watched all this with a smile on my face. It brought me back to when my mother was alive and the many trips we took to the grocery store. Oh! How she loved going! I don’t know why she loved it so much, but she made it a production every time I took her. With her list and a pen to mark everything off, she tended to her job like a pro! She spent a lot of time in the grocery store in all those years of raising 10 kids and having a husband to take care of. She has a system and it served her well– even if now she was only shopping for herself. Yet, I never rushed her, because it was something that she loved and it brought me joy to see her filled with such happiness.
I miss having to take her to the grocery store and miss talking with her. I just miss my mom…
As we go about life everyday, sometimes we rush or get irritated that people don’t move as fast as we think they should. Maybe we get upset when we feel someone is in our path or they just seem to bother us for no apparent reason, we need to reflect more on them and not us.
Are we living and enjoying life’s every moment or are we just rushing and thinking about the next thing we need to accomplish? If we are lucky, we too will be elderly one day, and hopefully others will be compassionate and patient with us.
Another old saying seems applicable here, “don’t judge someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” What you think is bothersome and just a chore that needs to be completed, could be the highlight in someone else’s day! You may not ruin someone else’s happy with your impatience.
Live and Let Live!