Cultivating a Life of Gratitude

I am committing myself, during 2010, to attempt to cultivate a greater awareness of how much I have to be thankful and grateful for by sharing my daily findings and musings with you. It is my hope that by blogging about gratitude, I will be more aware of what is going on around me in my life, my family, my friends' lives and our world.

April 20, 2010

Space and Time

As I stood in line, waiting to check out, behind an elderly wig-wearing woman, I found myself growing impatient as she handed the cashier two gift cards and explained how she didn't know the balance on them.  The cashier then had to call over a manager both times for some reason and it took FOR-EV-ER.  I chose her line because she only had 2 items and I only had a few myself.  I thought I had picked the 'quick' lane.

Side note:  I was already running a bit behind because (my fault) I left my wallet in Lily yesterday and Ross drove off to Bethel with it today and I needed it for various reasons.  So, I had to make a detour to Bethel to pick up the wallet, make a return at Maurices, make a deposit at the bank, drop a check off at my Mom's and get to story time at the library by 11 so I could be home to watch my friend's daughter by 11:30.  

The cute, elderly woman apologized, explaining why it was taking a long time and and I tried my best to give her an understanding smile but inside my heart was feeling frustrated.  It was only a minor delay ... really.  So why was I feeling so frustrated?!  It struck me in that moment that I had a choice to make.  I could choose to be grateful that most of my days are NOT rushed or I could impatiently stew.  As I reflected on that further, I realized how thankful I am that I am able to run errands at my own leisure - to really do most things at my own leisure.  I have very few deadlines in my life these days and I really am so grateful for this fact.

So - to the elderly wig wearing woman in front of me in line ... thank you for reminding me that I am really privileged to lead a life where hurry and rushing don't often exist.  I'm sorry that in my rare moment of hurry and impatience I was frustrated by your gift card situation.  Thank you for helping me gain a little perspective this morning.

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