A Holiday Mishap

I went to the local store yesterday. I had a few things on my list including a few Christmas items that I needed.

The roads already seem busier than usual, and the stores have become much more crowded as we head further into the holiday season.

I parked my car and headed into the store. I had a mix of things that I needed on my shopping list, but I first headed over to the seasonal aisle to get some Christmas tree ornaments and a new wreath for the front door.

Busy is an Understatement

The seasonal aisle was jam-packed with people. We all had carts and were just barely able to get by each other to search for what we wanted to find.

I started looking for Christmas ornaments. I saw so many beautiful ones. Many of them were covered in glitter and they made me happy just looking at them. There was a white elephant, gingerbread man, cupcake, snowman, and even a little deer. I picked up a few that I wanted, and I started going through the aisles to find the wreaths. I had to keep walking and I finally found another extension to the seasonal section.

Friendly Shoppers

Many of us were packed in this one particular aisle. A lady was waiting for an employee to help her get a beautiful, frosted Christmas tree off of the top shelf, we will call her, Nicole. She politely asked me if she was in the way, to which I answered, not at all. We struck up a conversation as she waited patiently for someone to help her. The tree was stunning, it was frosted and that made it look like it was covered in snow!

Next to me was an elderly lady whom we will call Maria, she ironically was in this aisle to get the same thing that I was looking for! Maria was going through all of the beautiful wreaths trying to make a decision. There were several different wreaths to choose from. As she was going through them, I was also keeping my eye on the wreaths to see which one I was going to buy!

What Just Happened!?

As Maria was going through the wreaths, her cart knocked into the metal rack holding them all together and about 10 of them came falling onto the floor! She looked around embarrassed and started picking them up one by one. I felt so bad for her.

I don’t think that she could see the hooks too well, because she was having trouble trying to put them back on the display. I bent down to help her pick up the fallen wreaths and then we heard loud beeping.

We got up and looked around, it was the forklift coming to get Nicole’s beautiful, frosted tree from the top shelf. The man on the forklift kindly asked us all to step aside as he made his way through. The wreaths lay all over the floor still as we pushed them out of the way for the forklift to get through.

A Good Laugh

Nicole was beaming after receiving the frosted tree! She was so happy, as this was the very last tree of that style left and it was all hers! It was a gorgeous tree, if I didn’t already have one, I would have wanted that one too. I said bye to her and then my focus was back on the floor.

Maria and I looked at each other and started laughing out of nowhere. What was once an embarrassing thing for her, there was happiness and that made me happy! We spent a few minutes picking up all of the wreaths and as we were, both of us picked out the wreath that we wanted. They were all similar, but each had a slightly different style and some different colors.

As we talked, I heard her say a few words in Spanish. You may remember that I am conversational in Spanish, so I decided to join in on the fun and the next thing you know, we were talking in a mix of English and Spanish!

A Good Conversation

I enjoyed this lady’s company. I have a fondness for the elderly. They are such a joy to talk with and learn from.

We talked about how we are excited about Christmas, and she mentioned that all of her grandkids are coming over and she wanted to have a beautiful wreath to welcome them at the door. I told her that it is amazing to see how children light up during the holidays. I have kids of my own and they bring so much to life during the holiday season!

l love it when unusual circumstances bring two strangers together. I love it when meeting others goes beyond the typical “hello, how are you?” I think it is a true gift when we can stop and talk with someone that we have never met.

A Big Thank You

Maria thanked me over and over again for helping her get the wreath display back together. She said that she was embarrassed and flustered at how she was going to put it all back together. It made me so happy that I was in the right place at the right time to help her. It brought joy to both of us.

I also was thankful to her. She showed me kindness and shared a little moment of her life with me!

Kindness goes a long way; it benefits both the giver and the receiver! I will think of Maria when I hang my wreath on the door this holiday season. Make sure to spread love and kindness wherever you can. Even a small gesture such as this one was something that someone else appreciated and that is what makes a difference!

Are You an Earth Angel?

Have you heard of the term Earth Angel? It is a belief that someone is put on this earth to help and guide others. They are in human form; however, they have a great mission to help spread love and hope to others.

By nature, I am a very compassionate person that loves to make other people smile and make them happy. I want to spread positivity and hope to other individuals because I know how hard life is without each of these things. I enjoy lifting people up and offering a helping hand. This is just part of my personality; however, a term was thrown at me a few times that I had previously never heard of, and it had me wondering.

I Became Curious
I am definitely a believer in the afterlife, angels, ghosts, you name it. I have quite a lot of experience with the paranormal and connections with other realms. Over the last several years I have been approached by people that I know as well as complete strangers about the possibility of being an Earth Angel. I thought to myself “what is this? I am definitely not an “angel” though I see myself as a good person overall.” I then asked more questions, and I was told that I have a certain aura surrounding me. Again, I am not familiar with much of this, but it fascinates me, nonetheless.

Curious about the idea of Earth Angels I asked what sort of traits they tend to possess, and I learned the following.

Earth Angels tend to be:

  • Drawn to mystical things
  • Empathetic and sensitive
  • Feeling like they are out of place, or like they don’t belong
  • Very intuitive
  • Loving and caring and want to heal others
  • Drawn to helping others, you feel it’s your duty
  • Feeling emotions very deeply and heavily
  • Very upset in negative situations

Question For You

Can you relate to any of the above? I believe that we are all angels in some way. Each day, we spread a little love and light to others that cross our paths. We uplift, encourage, support, and motivate other people to be the best that they can be. Every kind word and kind gesture has the power to help change the world!

A Comforting Word

I was talking with my mom the other day letting her know that I had some concerns about the future. Normal worries like where we would all end up living, worries about family, just the uncertainty of the future in general.

That’s just it, the future is uncertain for everyone, nonetheless, my mother was a listening ear for me as I vented my worries. She listened carefully to what I had to say and then her response left me instantly feeling better.

My mom told me two things. One, “try not to worry about the future, we need to focus on the here and now.” Two, “everything is going to work out and it will be okay.” The first reply is something that we all know to be true, yet sometimes we need a reminder. The second reply is something that we don’t know for sure to be true, so why was it comforting?

Words have so much power over us, they can make or break us. When we are spiraling down and overcome with emotions, we look to what others have to say to calm our deepest fears. Those little words, “it will be okay,” meant everything to me at this moment.

Our brains work in mysterious ways, if we think logically, we know that it is not certain that everything will be okay. We can be positive, and we can look back on past experiences and realize that most of the time everything did end up being okay, but we know logically that this may not be true.

The words were comforting regardless. Why? Well, because someone told us so and we are more inclined to listen to others than we are to ourselves. Hearing it from someone else makes it a reality and brings back that hope that all is not lost.

For those of you struggling to make ends meet, struggling with mental or physical health, finances, feeling burned out, relationship issues, or issues related to work and unemployment, I want to be that person that tells you that it will all be okay, keep shining and going strong, it will all work out in the end. This is just a little roadblock and what is beyond this bump in the road is more beautiful than we could ever imagine!

From Me to You

Growing up, I was one to hold onto objects, some would have called me a hoarder. I wanted to keep everything that I owned because I thought that maybe I would need it one day. That was just the anxiety in me talking, hardly anything that I have saved over the years has been used, a few things, but not many.

I am a big believer in giving back to the community. I thrive on being able to help other people whenever I can. Years ago, I started a tradition that I would declutter at least twice a year, and whatever I didn’t choose to keep at home, I would donate to someone who needed it.

There are lots of feelings involved when donating your items to the community. There is happiness because you know that you are helping someone and there is a sadness that you will no longer have that item in your possession anymore.

Just yesterday I dropped off a piece of furniture that had a lot of meaning to me, however, it was something that we no longer needed nor had room for. I drove into the parking lot and took the item out of my trunk; I placed it in the donation lot and drove away with tears in my eyes.

It is amazing how we can become so attached to an object that its existence can remind us of so many dear memories. As I drove away, I kept thinking at least I have pictures and I thought a little further and realized that even though the object is gone, the memories I have will never leave. It is interesting how we can become so attached to things that are not living. Anything that elicits an emotional response will most likely be something that we form a connection.

I keep trying to remind myself of the good that I am doing and how someone else will be able to benefit from my donation. It is a great feeling to declutter, organize, and clean up, it’s nice having more space, and it feels amazing to be able to help someone in need and that is what I stay focused on!

Why the Difference?

One of the greatest things in life is the love and support of family and friends. Why do we treat our loved ones so much differently than we treat ourselves? We should make taking care of ourselves mentally and physically our utmost priority. We cannot give much of ourselves to this world if we are not whole.

Most of us are very hard on ourselves, I know that I am. I’m told this over and over again, yet I don’t see it myself.

Imagine that you made a mistake on a project that you are working on at your job. You might tell yourself “I can’t do anything right; I am such a failure.” Flip this situation around. A family member or friend is in the same situation, they just made a huge mistake on a project they were working on. What do you tell them? Would you tell them that they cannot do anything right and that they are a failure? Probably not. Instead, you might tell your friend that they did the best that they could do and that they are only human and it’s natural to make a mistake now and then.

You and your significant other just got into a fight and you start saying to yourself “I am never good at relationships,” you keep telling yourself “I am a terrible communicator.” What if a friend was going through this, what would you tell them? Maybe you would say that they should take some time for themselves to regroup and try to remedy the situation, maybe you would tell your friend that relationships aren’t easy, that constant effort is needed, and this doesn’t make them a bad person.

Do you see the differences in how people typically speak to themselves versus a loved one? One’s internal dialogue is so very important because we start to believe what we tell ourselves. Negative self-talk is very detrimental to us and those that we have a relationship with.

Why is it that we can so easily support the people that we love, but we cannot give that same grace and support to ourselves? Why is it that we can quickly build someone else up, while so easily tearing ourselves apart?

We are so hard on ourselves due to human nature; we know all of our faults and weaknesses and we tend to not have patience with ourselves. We also know about our pasts, and we carry parts of that with us. Whether we like to admit it or not, it does affect our confidence. We like to place other people on a pedestal, while we are the ones that are flawed as we strive to be perfect, something beyond human capability.

The next time that you are dealing with something in life, and you find that you are being hard on yourself remember to stop and ask yourself what you would tell a loved one that was in your exact situation. You give so much kindness, hope, and empathy to others, be kind to yourself…you deserve it.