IMPACT – take the time

I start each day out the same.  Each day I wake knowing that I desire to impact, inspire, imagine, or ignite change in the world in some small way.  I do not plan what I’m going to do in advance.  I do not meditate in the mornings.  I simply ask God a simple prayer, “God, please place me on a path today, let me meet someone today, let me think of something today that will help someone, let me in some way be able to make someones day a little brighter.”  That’s it.  I encourage you to do the same.

This morning, I dropped my daughter off at school and headed for the grocery store.  I spent about 30 minutes going up and down the aisles grabbing this and that and then headed for the checkout.  It was cold out and I just wanted to get home.  I hadn’t showered yet and I just really didn’t feel like talking to anyone.  This was supposed to be an in and out quick trip.  While I was loading all my groceries onto the conveyor belt I noticed that the checker kept rubbing her hands together.  She seemed to be in pain.  I wondered silently to myself if she had arthritis…but did not ask.  I continued putting my items on the belt and when I finished something inside me blurted out to the checker, “it’s pretty cold out, huh, how are you today?”.  Remember I didn’t really want to talk to anyone – in and out was the plan…but for some reason I spoke.  The checker went on to tell me that she just couldn’t get warm today and that her hands were freezing.  She went on to tell me that her apartment did not have power last night because a transformer had blown and the temperature in her apartment had gotten down to 21 degrees.  She wasn’t able to fall asleep until 3:30am because she feared that she would not wake.  She is a diabetic and wasn’t able to cook dinner or breakfast with no power.  She was cold, hungry, and had no where else to go.  Her power did come back on right as she was leaving for work – so at least she will be in better shape tonight, but she did have one tough night.  She talked to me for about 5 minutes and at the end of our conversation, she looked at me, smiled, and said, ‘thank you for listening to me, most people don’t bother’.

As I walked away I thought to myself – that I could have not asked her how she was and would not have gotten to hear her story – would not have made her smile.  How many times do we just expect the people that are in service jobs to do just that – serve us.  Do you take the time to ask the cashier/waiter how they are doing {{and really mean it, do you look them in the eye and really ask}}?   Our lives are often times so busy that we pass up so many opportunities to make others smile.

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One Response to “IMPACT – take the time”

  1. Becky Says:

    You are an inspiration… TO ME!! I would love for this to be my new year’s resolution – but I fear that I set myself up for failure – but here you are, doing it and documenting it ALL for the world to see. No, I won’t talk to you about this in person – but I want you to know that you’re doing a GREAT job! I will continue to read with you and when I see you and smile, you can know that I’m saying ‘Great job’! 🙂

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