“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)
Ever tried ice kayaking………….. I certainly haven’t, nor had I even heard of it … There is so much of life beyond what we know in our own personal worlds. So much to see, do and explore. Question begs, do we do them, do we even get up out of our comfort zones and travel the roads, or are we arm chair travelers. No answer required, you know the answer in your heart. Recently I had a “blue” patch, I had a yearning for a good cry, had no idea why. It just washed over me. To me this is a sign from above, means something is happening in and around me and I’m not reading the clues, I’m missing something. The Universe has been obviously sending me subtle messages and I’ve been missing them. We all have such ahHA moments. In our own way, we are faced with a challenge and for some reason, either we follow the same old patterns at dealing with them, or we stumble through the process and really come no closer to resolving the matter.
Tao say, a wise man/woman knows when to stand still. Go neither forward. or sideways.. stand still, retreat step or two.. stop. Practice being still. Pray, meditate.. don’t just do it.. you have to put our whole effort into being still, listening to your inner voice. Really listen. Sometimes we reach a point where change is both necessary and timely, but we cling and try to hold on. Nature is every changing, trying to hold on to something is futile, spring, becomes summer, and summer fades into fall, our lives move forward, whether we want them to or not. PL Precept. #11 Always be with God.
The photographer of this picture, managed to show us the fish in the water, and the stillness of the lake/stream…. I’m winter wearing, =^_^= and long for the sounds of spring/summer and fall…… but today is here, and I will embrace what the day has to offer. Starting with saying my good morning to each and every one of you. Thank you for sharing this moment with me. I so appreciate and love each and every one of you. God Bless…………Oyashikiri
Remember to smile… psst do you know what fish symbolize?
Believe in your dreams, and follow them, trust in your heart, and never give up. Today, NOW is always a new beginning. Every day you wake up to a brand new day, and new possibilities. The past belongs to yesterday, YES it is part of your fabric, it is in the weave of who you are…. but today is new, it is the present, and you only get one chance at it. Use today as a starting point, move forward on a path towards improvement and progress. Cherish your dreams, they belong to you .
Love, being loved, and loving are Blessings, sweet wonderful moments of ONENESS Oyashikiri