Good morning ♡
It’s another Feel Free Friday! I hope everyone had a good week 🙂 Sometimes, we expect the worst from waiting. But what if we let go of the anxiety of wait & embrace the space in-between our starting point & goal, we learn how to be okay with where we are as there is always room for growth. It is these spaces that bring us some of the greatest lessons & rewards 🙂
Today’s story comes from an interaction I had with a clerk at the book store a couple weeks ago. Her pleasant attitude definitely made the wait easier & I even got more than what I expected in the end.
A sleepy Sunday afternoon, beautiful clear blue sky, sun shining brightly, the day felt good. On this gorgeous day, I met a lovely woman who was so kind, so helpful, & extremely pheasant. As a Black woman, walking into a store comes with its own complexities. Clerks follow you around, ask you if you need help a thousand & one times, but this lady, she was just so kind. She didn’t do anything extraordinary, but just her demeanor, helping me with what I needed, the use of manners & cordialness. The vibes I felt from her were so sweet, I had to compliment her. What stood out for me most in reflection of this experience was how her kindness made it so much easier to wait. There were a couple of things she had to check for me & asked me, “Do you mind waiting while I….?” No problem! I looked at some other books & items & patiently waited until she came back. All in all her customer service skills were on point. And I told her so. She thanked me graciously & said, “I am almost want to cry, that was so nice to hear that; but I’m too sensitive so don’t mind me.” “We are not too sensitive,” I told her, “it’s okay that we just feel deeply.” She smiled & thanked me again. As I left the store, I thought about how we never know what a person is really going through inside. A simple smile & kind word can really do wonders to lift someone’s soul. Also, the lesson of patience was evident, as her kindness & courteous manner made the wait that much easier & pleasant. I even got more than what I expected (3 for 1 book deal!). Good things come to those who wait, productively 🙂
I hope that this week’s theme of Patience helped someone really examine their own patience practices & apply more effective ways to exercise it (I know I did; the deep breathing is wonderful!). This weekend, please continue to practice & watch as you feel less anxiety & more Peace. Enjoy the weekend & see you next week. Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love ♡☆
“Our patience will achieve more than our force.”- Edmund Burke