“Thank you so very much” said the voice, it was soft and cultured, without turning I knew that it would be someone older, of an “age” when courtesy and etiquette mattered. I heard rather than saw the smile in the young woman’s voice that was serving the client. The store was busy, crowded with shoppers looking for that special gift at the advertised discounted prices.”You are so welcome, it has been my pleasure” was the reply. The interchange between customer and sales associate made me smile, I felt a nice feeling and thought what a wonderful way to start a day. When I turned to the area where the voices had come from I was surprised to see not an elderly woman, but a young girl with faded jeans, and a torn T-shirt, her hair was dyed a fluorescent pink, her lips and nails were an ebony black, studded with blinking gems. When she smiled at me I saw that she had a tattoo of a rose on her cheek and a gold ring in her nose. I must have stared, because she gave me a knowing smile, while flashing me the sweetest of looks from the bluest of eyes under the longest lashes I’ve ever seen. With a mischievous nod of her head, she winked at me and said “A very good day to you Mam” and gracefully turned and walked away.
The sales associate who had witnessed this exchange gave a little giggle, and said, “isn’t she just the greatest” I recovered my surprise and agreed with her that yes, “she” certainly was. That was …… and she named the actress who was playing at the theatre up the way. Ah…. a light bulb went on in my gray matter….yes there was a play happening in the city, and they could have been having a dress rehearsal … yet … I knew I had just been given a “lesson” a reminder, that I should not be judging a book by its cover, and I for sure, should not have made assumptions…. PL Precept # 18 – each moment is a turning point.
PL Principle #2 … … …. I will look for and be aware of shortcomings in my own thinking and actions **the exact wording to this Principle is “I will not have complaints about others, matters, nor the weather. Rather I will always be creative and will look for shortcomings in my own thinking and actions.
Take a moment to say Thank You for the lessons you have learned today. I like to begin and end each day with a sense of appreciation for the gifts I have been blessed with, and the lessons I have yet to learn. To know true meaning in our lives, we have to sincerely believe and appreciate the blessings we receive.
Namaste – Oyashikiri
* found on topinspired.com (Great Britain)