The sun sets on another day…
I enjoyed sunset from my porch and the sounds of the crickets and toads and frogs and more as night continued to fall. Spring is springing, and life is changing for us all.
I had a lot on my mind today as I visited a store to get a few things that were low. I watched people scurry into the store and many were turned away when told that they could not come in without a mask. In this time of “interesting” times I am trying to plan 30 days ahead, and not tap anything that is super long term. I am also trying to be as good as I can be, and as responsible as I can be. As I watched a woman with two children walk in the store without masks and go ballistic on the poor man at the front door who turned them away, both for no masks and for the simple request not to bring families in the store, I was sad for a moment and it worked on my my whole rapid shopping trip.
There are people all the time that serve. They put themselves at risk, sometimes for money, sometimes for greater reasons, but they serve. Those people are not slaves to be degraded, nor are they servants to order, people to undermine, or lesser than anyone. I will say again, nor are they lesser than anyone. I had perchance a moment to wander in the store, it was a huge place, and I watched the man, who was nearly as large as I, be patient with several more people who were less than nice, less than they should have been. He held his patience even though he could intimidate, and he kept a pleasant tone always. I sat back and thought as I waited at my effective safe distance and considered my past, and all the people I have interacted with.
I have an idea. It is not a new idea, but it is one to pay attention to daily. Why don’t we spend more time paying attention to those people who serve. Thank them, uplift their day, let them know you appreciate all that they are doing, and mostly be a person with them. Don’t be someone superior even if you think you are because I can guarantee if you think you are, you are not. Take the moment, listen, laugh, and be more than just a customer or recipient. Be appreciative. In this time, let’s overcome who we think we are, and be who we should be. Some of you may already be there, good job. If you are not, please consider it. We all should be thankful, we all should be patient, we all should be kind.
So as the sun sets on another day, thank you to the restaurants that are open, the stores, the hospitals, the doctors, the nurses, the police, the firemen, the support services, the IT people, the telecom people, the power people, the grocery people, and all those others I failed to mention. Thank you to those people who serve us, we appreciate you, at least I do every day, no matter what.
Sleep sweet, love deeply, and show gratitude where you can…