As I walked towards the doors, I heard a man behind me say excuse me, excuse me. I kept walking toward the door as I knew I hadn’t dropped anything and I just wanted to get my items and go.
The doors opened and closed and I could no longer hear the man, but I could hear my inner being say ‘wait a minute, you are too busy to hear a man who is saying excuse me?!!’
I went back out the door and saw him before he walked away. I asked what he wanted and he said his car was having problems and wondered if I could spare a dollar or two for him to get on the bus.
I gave him a couple dollars and asked him his name. Chris said thank you and I introduced myself to him – I’m Carol and I hope you have a nice day. He wished me the same.
As I walked back in the store, the song ‘Nothing More’ by the Alternate Routes was playing and the immediate words I heard were… To BE HUMBLE, TO BE KIND.
Thank you Chris for reminding me there is always time to be humble, to be kind. And thank you Universe for playing this amazing song.
So that quick trip to Walgreen’s was a simple yet powerful reminder to be present, to slow down, to listen. Not only listen to a stranger in need, but to listen to my gut on what was right for me to do in the moment. It’s easy to bet wrapped up in the busyness of life. However, it’s also easy to listen for the ‘excuse me’s’ whether it’s coming from a stranger, a friend, a loved one, or your internal voice saying slow day – pay attention as here is your chance to love more.
Moving forward, I encourage you to stay in the moment by:
Looking at people and experiences, and I mean truly looking, with an open mind and an open heart. Let go of what you assume that person will do or won’t do and see them just as a person. Don’t judge the experience you are about to have because in the past it didn’t work or you’ve heard it wasn’t fun etc.
Finding things you are grateful for and say thank you. Say thank you for the sunny days that lift your spirits. Say thank you to the person who let you move ahead of them in traffic. Say thank you to the alarm clock for waking you to get started on a magical day.
Knowing that all is well. When we feel we are going to be late, anxiety builds and we start getting frustrated with everyone and everything in our way. Take a deep breath and know that you are in the right place, at the right time, with the right people for the right reason. The more you can remain calm, not only will you show up sooner, but you will also show up with an open heart and open mind.
Mostly, my wish for you is to go about your seconds, your minutes, your hours, your days, your weeks etc with an open heart and open mind. Plan for your day to be magical. Expect your day to be magical and then allow it to be magical on it’s own timeline and not yours.
Until next time, there is plenty-o-time to live boldly, love deeply, laugh loudly, hug intently and smile brightly.
I always have time for magical people and experiences to show up in my life.
Words to Live By
“Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.”
“No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important.”
~Mark Kay Ash
“Better three hours too soon than a minute too late.”
~ William Shakespeare
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