Today was very interesting in observation. There was this little old lady with who seemed to be her son and grandson. She was in the store shopping for the holidays. She wanted to get each gift just right. She kept pondering on the color, concept and even age of the person whom she was buying. This of course aggravated the grandson and son alike. As I watched her carefully think about things ~ pick them out ~ get filled with glee if she could get the amount of things she wanted in volume, all I could do was smile. Even while checking out, she was still thinking about cards that she could give and what other nice things she could bless others with. By the time she checked out, the grandson was rushing her as if she was just taking too much time and the son just looked hopeless. Funny thing is that they were only there about 15 minutes.
As we go about our ways this season shopping and visiting friends and family, let us be mindful of each other. Watching this woman warmed my heart as it took me back to remembering my grandmother and how she would read each card before buying it because she wanted to ensure that person felt what she meant. Even with the lowest of budgets, she would try her best to blend together what that person needed and wanted even if it was just a church member. She would pick up other gifts just in case someone brought someone unexpected over, so they would be blessed with the spirit of giving and family warmth. Let us consider each other, our moments and the meaning of our actions.
We apply our effort to be mindful, to be aware in this very moment, right here and now, and we bring a very wholehearted effort to it. This brings concentration. It is this power of concentration that we use to cut through the world of surface appearances to get to a much deeper reality. ~ Sharon Salzberg
Every day is an opportunity for growth, love and learning
Broaden your boundaries and protect your peace. Be Blessed Always