The other day I was in the store and and I was doing what many of us do. Shopping, and in a hurry. I happened to walk up behind an elderly couple who were in the store to shop as well. We entered the store around the same time. They chose their shopping cart. I didn’t need a cart. As I reached down and grabbed a basket I simultaneously attempted to move around the couple but there wasn’t enough room. So, I waited. I guess the woman could feel my anxiousness and she turned around and said "oh I’m sorry." "We are a little slow."
It was in that moment that I realized how ridiculous my behavior was. I reached out and touched her shoulder and said, no I am the one who should be apologizing. These days everyone is in a hurry to do everything. You just reminded me that I should slow down, take it easy. She thanked me, reached out and touched my forearm while wishing me a good day and God’s blessing on my life.
When we parted ways, I thought about how much we look beyond each other. How little attention we pay to our neighbors because we are always in a hurry. That brief interaction in that store made me more aware and more conscious of others around me.
It is easy to lose sight of others as we move about our day. There are a lot of lonely and hurting people in the world. We don’t live in this world alone or in a bubble.
It only takes a moment to say good morning or offer a smile. It can make the difference in someones day.
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