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February 2020

Impact

In preparation for my "blog every day plan" I made a list of inspirational sayings or quotes to be my jumping off point every day.

I'm not sure why I am so resistant to the daily blog... when I was doing it with Shannon, I couldn't wait for that moment in the day when I would read what she had been thankful for on a specific day and then set my mind and heart free to follow her thought to memories and gratitude of my own.  

I have had coffee with my Morning Pages journal and a black fine point Sharpie every day since I turned 65, but sitting down to the computer has been more of a chore than a joy.  I suspect that it is my ego screaming so loud that my spirit can't hear what my heart has to say, and it's easier to give in than fight the fear of finding I have nothing to say !

So while I wait for the paint to dry on the pieces I am trying to create for this year's Woman's Club Art Show I closed my eyes and randomly let my finger land on today's inspiration.

 

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"You never really know the true impact you have on those around you.  You never know how much someone needed that smile you gave them.  You never know how much someone needed that long hug or deep talk.  So don't wait to be kind.  Don't wait for someone else to be kind first.  Don't wait for better circumstances or for someone to change.  Just be kind, because you never know how much someone needs it."  ~ Nikki Banas

There is a lovely lady who works the breakfast shift at Chick Fil A.  The first time she waited on me I had asked for extra ice because I was headed to Culpeper and wanted my tea to stay cold.  I was sad and she was obviously annoyed and begrudgingly added ice to my tea.  I cried.  Not because she had been annoyed but because my brother was sick and we were headed to the hospital for more tests.   She didn't know I was sad.   Maybe she was sad too.

That was several years ago.  She doesn't even know I had a brother.  She doesn't know that he returned to Heaven.  Yet she was the constant in my world turned upside down.

I see her every Wednesday now.  She is probably my age and I always feel happy when I see her very long fingernails handing change to the cars in front of me.  She always says "How are you doing kid?"   I always say, "Fine, how about you?" and she smiles and usually says, "I'm doing."

She doesn't know my name and I don't know hers but I look forward to driving through Chick Fil A on Wednesdays, on my way to Culpeper.  I look forward to exchanging pleasantries with my friend.

She probably doesn't realize how many lives she touches every day.  How much some of us look forward to seeing her.   I hope that once in a while I am that person to someone...someone who just for a moment is lifted by a little kindness from a friend they do not know.