This is a true story?
Last week I ran out of my herbal medicines on the worst day. Many days I don’t leave the house and my loving mother will go pick up meds when I need them. On this day, however, she wasn’t feeling well herself. As I got ready, with every move of my limbs my body screamed at me in fatigue and pain. I get that most people don’t know this level of fatigue. This isn’t “tired” like you partied too much on the weekend, or stayed up too late a few nights in a row, or even just got done moving households. This is the “I’ve been travelling the world nonstop for the last week, sleeping in airports, eating donuts for breakfast, lunch and dinner, living on coffee and they can’t find my luggage,” kind of tired. Like crawling through quicksand wearing weights on your arms and legs.
Sometimes simply leaving the house feels like the HARDEST. THING. EVER. What to wear on a day like this? My “Be the Love” shirt.
On my way home from the doctor, I had to go to a grocery store. I pulled into Sprouts thinking it might be the quicker choice to get in and out. With dread, I noticed a picket line. As you know, I care about my fellow humans and the concerns they have. Crossing a picket line wouldn’t feel good, but I couldn’t bear to go anywhere else on this day. As fragile as I felt, I took a deep breath and got out of my car. Please, I prayed, please let this be easy.
A gentleman began walking toward me as I got close to the entrance. His oversized jacket- on a warm day- and black Raiders beanie said, “I might be a bit thuggish.” His pearly whites said, “Don’t judge me by my clothes.” He asked permission to hand me a flyer. I accepted it, and with relief, I was in the store. No drama.
As I left, I pushed my cart out. My body, still screaming, had reached its max. I put the bag in the car and glanced around. Groan. There was nowhere to put my cart that was handy. (I do not abandon carts in case they hit other cars.) Holding back tears, I gave my body a pep talk, and turned to face the store intending to push it closer. The same gentleman with his big ol coat and Raiders beanie walked toward me again.
He reached for my cart.
I smiled first this time, “Well, thank you, sir.”
He replied “I’m just being the love I wish to see in the world.” 🙂
How fun is that? There’s no such thing as a “little” act of kindness because we never know what another person is going through. Loving behavior is POWERFUL! In that exchange, I forgot all about my pain and fatigue. He made my day, which brought tears to my eyes…in a good way.
He also inspired me to open up this fundraiser again. I love the idea of spreading this message! This time I added many colors options, as well as long sleeve shirts and sweatshirts. I think they’d make fine Christmas gifts, don’t you? 🙂
Limited time offer, available through October 27th, 2016 and delivered to you mid November.
You can also visit the facebook page Be the Love You Wish to See in the World at https://www.facebook.com/bethelove444/
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