Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Kindness and a reasonable pace
Even she will tell you that. It wasn't too long ago, that she told me (only partly in jest), that the real shock wasn't looking in the mirror and seeing your mother - it was seeing your grandmother. No magic potions or Dorian Grey-portraiture for us.
With age comes a distinct lack of speed. She walks slowly. She is a bit slower at the grocery store. It takes her a moment longer to get her change back in her wallet and her wallet back in her purse, then pick up her cane and her purchase and move on. And with this realization, I have something to say to all of you:
Really, you are in that much of a hurry to buy your 12 pack of soda and your box of Honey Nut Cheerios? You are on your way to a rocket launch and can't wait 15 more seconds at the shoe store? Really??
We are all in such a hurry today, and we don't take the time to acknowledge the people in front of us. That kid that gathers carts at the grocery store? Make his life a little easier and put your cart in the little "corral". The old lady at the dentist office that is struggling with her coat? Help her out. The old man down the street who yells at your kid for riding his bike on the lawn? Take him some cookies and tell him you were thinking of him.
People are not obstacles to be overcome or gotten around. People are the very reason we exist - to serve them, get to know them, share their burdens and their joys. Slow down today, and acknowledge those people in your life that you might otherwise overlook. Slow down.