Every now and then, life likes to show us who is boss. Life likes to throw us curveballs and keep us on our toes. Lately, this has been me in full force. I feel like everywhere I turn, there is an obstacle, something going wrong, or receiving news that I don’t want to hear. I feel like the world is working against me, but I keep trying to climb my way to the top.
Today, some pretty amazing things happened to me to show me that life has a way of gifting us as well. After what feels like constant chaos in my life lately, something going my way was a very welcomed surprise!
Let Me Tell You About My Day
I had to run some errands today and one of those errands was the local store. I am the kind of person that doesn’t go to the store without a grocery list. If I don’t have a list, I always forget a bunch of things. I see most people don’t use one, I wish that I had that brainpower! Anyway, on my list were some things that I needed to buy in general and also a few things that I needed to get for a specific reason.
Some of you may remember that I planted my garden a few weeks ago! Sadly, a little creature ate some of them. You should have seen my face when I went out to water them. Several were uprooted, but ALL of my yellow flowers were eaten. I bet you can guess that yellow flowers were on my shopping list.
There is a cookout party happening this weekend and I wrote down a few things that I wanted to bring on my list. I wrote chips, cookies, and ingredients to make a cold pasta salad. I got my shoes on and headed out the door. Walking down the sidewalk with the sun beaming warmly on my skin, I got into my car and played some of my favorite songs as I headed to the local store.
The Gifts Begin
Once I got to the store, the first thing that I saw outside was the flowers. They had a small, but beautiful display of red, pink, white, orange, yellow, and a few hanging plants. Above the yellow flowers was a clearance sign and guess how much they were!? One dollar! I checked all of the colors because if they were all a dollar, I might as well go crazy and get them all, but it was JUST the yellow ones, I was in awe. I got an entire large pot of yellow flowers for one dollar; I walked inside smiling. It was just the color that I needed to replace the yellow ones that were eaten out of my garden.
I got some of the other items on my list and then went to the snack aisle to get cookies and chips for the cookout. Ironically, both of these items were “Buy One Get One Free.” I couldn’t believe it. I was on a roll! I literally had to stop for a second because life hasn’t been too kind to me lately, this felt too good to be true! It is something so small, but the fact that many of the items that I set out to get were such a steal, made me so very happy.
Then, as I walked through the store, a familiar face caught my eye. I kept looking, I knew I had seen this face before. She was maybe in her sixties now, and I stopped and asked her if she recognized me. She said that she did, but she couldn’t remember where. Once I knew that it was her, I knew exactly where I had known her from. We used to work together, almost twenty years ago! I was in shock that almost two decades had passed and I was standing in front of someone that I last saw when I graduated high school. We caught up a little bit and had a nice conversation. It took me back. What a surprise!
I drove home in awe of how a grocery trip could add some joy to my day. It’s all about the small things in life that can bring us so much happiness.
I love when life has a way of showing us that we still matter, that we are being cared for and that we can expect good things.
Sometimes in life, it seems like the world is out to get us and that everything is working against us, but this is not true. Things can fall apart and possibly fall together, but I want and try to believe that the hard parts of life are there to make us and not break us. We become stronger, wiser, and unstoppable through all that we have conquered and have yet to.