Thursday, March 27, 2014

Blurry

This morning I went running with Maggie and forgot to grab my glasses. As soon as I stepped outside I knew I was missing them. But, I kept running because it was a pre-work run and every moment counts! I don't really have time for pre-work runs but they are more convenient than post-work runs so I squeeze them in. 

It was amazing to me how much I can't see without my glasses. 

There is probably a spiritual analogy in there somewhere. 

However, I have to say that the blurry vision actually helped me to focus on who I was with and what I was doing. If you know me at all, you know that I don't listen well and am often distracted by my phone. 

So today Maggie got lots of attention because she was all I could see clearly while we ran. 

I'm thinking I should leave the glasses at home more often! (Except when I'm driving :))

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Pay it Forward

I shop at Aldi, where you have to deposit a quarter if you want a cart. So often, people will give another their cart and forgo the quarter exchange, "pay it forward!" This has always been very cool to witness and participate in. 

Once, I was in line waiting on a woman with a newborn to finish up her check out process. She had misplaced her debit card and had no cash to pay for her groceries. It was awkward for all - until a man at the back of the line passed his card up and says, "here, I've got it. It's hard adjusting to a new baby." It was inspiring. 

Today, more magic. A woman's account was lower than she thought and she had to sort through to figure out what to put back and what to keep because she didn't have enough money for it all. The man in front of me said, "how much do you need?" When the answer was, "about $15" he gave a $10 and the woman in front of him gave a $5. The woman in need was grateful and embarrassed. They told her not to worry, just pay it forward. She beamed and said "I know how I can! I have a friend just diagnosed with breast cancer and I'll help her with some expenses." 

A great lesson that even mundane tasks like grocery shopping are opportunities to love your neighbor. Pretty neat!