A “RUSHED” People
Have you noticed this “rushed” I’m talking about today?
Do you notice it in yourself? In others?
Stop! and reflect….
Yesterday I stopped at my local grocery store to grab a few of the norm’s ie; milk, soda (yes, soda…I love it!), eggs, and of course: bread.
The store was crowded with 5pm after work shoppers, either a quick stop before picking up kids from daycare or after school activities OR just for a few items (last minute ingredients for the night’s dinner)…just like me.
Goal: GET IN! GET OUT! and GET ON! to the next daily ritual.
Now, I’m not that fond of the whole grocery store routine. In fact, my therapist has me break my shopping trips into 2 or 3 or to send my son in to grab a few things…reason? To limit/reduce my anxiety episodes. Grocery stores top my list.
Anyway, back to my epiphany…..
I noticed that we were like cars on a busy interstate. Passing each other, weaving around and through, close calls clipping the heels of a fellow shopper, stalling in our lane, going the wrong direction in our lane and well you get the idea….all of such being done with NO REGARD to each other as people….sharing the same space (the store) with the same purpose.
It seemed to “SHOCK” them and they were SO appreciative that I would do such a selfless act…..
No one smiled, few said “excuse me“ and others seemed to race to beat someone to the checkout line……
When it came my time to leave, having gathered my staples (no, not the kind you use in the office) I proceeded to the checkout lane. I only had 5 items but used a regular lane, not express. While waiting my turn I let 3 people go ahead of me because they had 1 or 2 items. It seemed to “SHOCK” them and they were SO appreciative that I would do such a selfless act…..
Finally, my turn to place my yummies on the belt….the lady before me was finished and the cashier handed her her change and receipt clumped together (rush). The woman was trying to hastily to separate the money from the receipt and get it into her wallet and purse…not just throw it in to lose it to the bottomless purse pit…as she looked up at me frazzled and apologetic saying, “I’m so sorry for taking so long, maam“ (maam? me? a maam? haha) and without thinking I replied with a smile: “It’s ok, take your time, I’m in no rush.“
I could see immediate relief and calmness come over her as she said: “Thank you, everyone seems to usually be in such a dang hurry”.
I felt like I allowed her a mini, I mean, MINI vacation. Could you imagine the effect this would have on the universal spin of things if we had an “I’m in NO RUSH” epidemic????
So, hey, give it a try, will you? The next time you’re out, affect someone’s RUSH! and maybe throw in a HELLO and/OR a SMILE.
Thank you for slowing your RUSH of daily doings to take the time to read my NOTE.
I love writing!
………….and I love YOU TOO! (That needs to be said more too! Should never be TOO RUSHED to say “I LOVE YOU”)