Do you believe everything happens for a reason? How ’bout divine intervention? Intuition or gut instinct, whatever it is, you have to be able to listen for it. I think we are placed in someone else’s path for one of two reasons: either they are gonna help us or we are gonna help them.
I woke up late. I almost never do that. Typically I’m wide awake by 4:00 am, and it kinda irritates me that I can’t sleep well anymore. This day I woke up 9:00 am, holy smokes, what happened?? By that time I usually have my grocery shopping and most of the laundry done. I like to get to the grocery store when they open for a couple of reasons. Number 1, our Kroger store has a tiny parking lot and it fills up quickly so finding a parking spot is always difficult. It’s not uncommon to have to park in the adjacent parking lot and hike it over to the store or just circle until someone leaves. Number 2, I don’t like grocery shopping so I want to get in and out as quickly as possible.
It was 11:00 am before I made it to Kroger that day, so no parking spaces available and the store is crowded. Great, exactly what I try to avoid! I’m in the produce section pickin’ up my fresh vege’s for the week and run into a tiny ol’ lady. I’m short, 5’2″, but she was much shorter than me, the top of her head, maybe, came to the top of my shoulders. I grabbed my cucumbers and started to leave. She was trying to reach the cucumbers, they were on the top shelf, and I asked her if she wanted help. She said very politely, “Yes please”. I asked her if there was anyone in particular she wanted and she pointed to the one she wanted. I grabbed it for her and she said thank you.
I went about the rest of my shopping not giving it another thought. Well I kept running into this little sweetie throughout the store and each time she asked if I could help her reach something up higher than she could reach herself. Of course, I helped her each time. When I got to the check out line she was already there and she turned around and said, ” I just want to say thank you for all your help today, most people rush right by me without even noticing, maybe because I’m old or maybe they’re just busy. Often I have to just make do with what I can reach but today I got things I haven’t been able to have in a while. You’re a good girl, thank you.”
That made me tear up, she hasn’t had a cucumber in who knows how long because she can’t reach it?? What else does she have to go without? I know, now, why I woke up late that day. That was God’s intervention, she needed help and I’m glad I was the one who noticed her and got to help her. It’s sad how we rush through life not noticing others, I’m sure I’ve done it before. I still think about her, wonder how she’s doing and hope that some day I get to run into her again. I worry for all the older people who gave their life to raise a family and then that same family just doesn’t have time for them anymore or are made to feel insignificant.
I’ve been told I’m too sensitive and need to toughen up or grow thicker skin and I really hope that I never do. I believe that kindness should be a lifestyle choice not a random act.