The other day I did something no intelligent, sane person should do. Go shopping after the holidays.
I am on a break, and I should be at home with my comfortable hoodie and enjoying warm drinks. But I needed to grab something for work, that I didn’t get before vacation.
I knew I was in trouble when I walked in the store and saw all the holiday items that didn’t sell that was on sale now for fifty percent or more off. And it was all small tiny individual items.
I just needed two small items, so it should be a very short visit until I got into the checkout line. It was a good size line (I’ve seen worse), but there were only two checkout lanes. Unfortunately, this store didn’t have an express lane or a self-checkout lane, and every person in front of me had a cart full of discounted holiday items.
So I had to wait.
At first, I was displeased by the store’s lack of workers and lack of awareness that they didn’t have extra workers for the day.
But after a few minutes, I asked myself, “Where do you have to go? Are you in such a hurry that you need to be checked out at a faster pace.” My answer was “No.”
Then I decided to wait with good spirit and patience. Even when the cashiers were having trouble with items not having a price, then needing a price check out a sale item. And when finally a new cashier came, their card reader wasn’t working correctly, I waited with a smile and calmness.
When it was finally my turn, I was able to be friendly and kind to the frustrated cashier and wished them a great day after the total price was a few dollars. They probably thought I was out of mind to be a busy store during a holiday break and picking up so little.
It didn’t matter what they thought; I hope my calm presence made their day a little better.
In your life, do you find yourself stressed out when you don’t need to be? If so, maybe you should invest in a meditation regime. Part of my mourning routine, I’ve been spending a few minutes in the morning while the coffee is brewing to site in calmness and meditate on the blessings of God. When I pour the hot water, I thank God for clean water. As the aroma of the coffee enters my senses, I thank God for the beautiful creation of the coffee bean. When I sit down, I thank God for the roof over my head.
It’s a simple part of my morning, but it helps me during the day when I get annoyed by things that shouldn’t annoy me.
Maybe if you are short temper, it might mean that you need to refocus your mind and enjoy the small blessings of the Lord.