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!

I Am Now That Adult

I am often in a state of reflection, I find life and everything about it fascinating. I enjoy looking back and seeing growth, finding new ways of making life work for me, and I truly love learning about human behavior as I try to better myself every day.

The other day, I was with my children and an interesting thought popped into my head. I have found that once I had kids, my world has opened up even more and I realized many things after seeing them through the eyes of a child. Having children also brings me back to when I was younger, I often reminisce about those days!

A Thought

As a child, I remember looking up to adults as some sort of magical people that had all of the answers to every single question that I asked. They knew how to do and fix everything; they knew just how to help us when we didn’t know how to help ourselves.

I was fascinated by how much they knew and how they could handle any situation. I remember asking my 1st-grade teacher how she knew everything that she taught us. I recall asking my mom how she knew how to drive a car and how she knew where to go, it makes me laugh now, but children’s minds work so differently! I remember having a conversation with my dad one day asking him how he knew how to fix the broken appliances etc. in the house.

Full of Curiosity

Children are full of wonder; they want to know how the world works around them. I was very much full of curiosity and as an adult, I am even more so. Today, my curiosity for life, the world, and the people in it are much more in-depth than it was as a child, but very persistent, nonetheless.

I think having a sense of wonder about life, in general, is a huge motivator, it keeps life interesting as we make our way through our journey here on earth.

The Amazing Full Circle

As an adult, I look at children, including my own, and see their sense of wonder and amazement at the world around them. They are full of questions and are always searching for the how and why.

Anytime I experience something that brings me full circle, I sit back in awe. It’s one of life’s ways to show us that we are making progress and growth on this journey. I am now that adult that I once looked up to, I am now that “magical” person that has many answers and can pass on my knowledge to the youth of this world!

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!

Getting Over Differences

Each of us is so different and unique and the views and opinions that we have about the world could be compared to night and day. Sometimes we find similarities in people and other times we can’t see eye to eye and that’s okay. We have all grown up differently and we have had different life experiences, so our views and opinions on certain things in life are going to be vastly different.

As hard as it may be, it is important to keep and open mind when trying to help others through a difficult time, even if what they are going through is not necessarily something that you and them see eye to eye about. Loved ones support each other no matter what, this doesn’t mean that you have to agree with it, but it’s important to not judge others. Only you know what’s best for you and only they know what is truly best for them.

I am a very strong-minded person and I have certain views that I don’t take lightly. I have learned to set aside my own strong feelings and views when trying to help someone who sees things the opposite as I do. I try to remove my feelings from the situation and look at how and why this person could be feeling the way they do. It’s no easy task, but an important one because when I need support from my loved ones, I’m happy when others easily support me even if they may not agree with my decisions or thoughts. Remember, you are supporting the person, not necessarily the decision the person has made etc. Wishing you a beautiful week and thank you for reading!

Neighbors

What a year this has been for all of us. This has been a year of big change and growth, a year of facing fears and uncertainty. In the midst of chaos, there is some beauty that lies. As with all things, there is a silver lining no matter how small.

I live in a community surrounded by many homes, so we have lots of neighbors. We are very fortunate that everyone has been so pleasant to live next to, because as we all know, you can’t pick your neighbors when you move into a new house! We have lived here for many years and seen neighbors move in and move out, some have been here as long as we have. We have always been kind and courteous to our neighbors, but typically haven’t gotten too close to anyone, all of our neighbors are pretty much this way, but Covid has changed things. Several of our neighbors and even our family have gone through big things this year and out of nowhere we have all been there for each other. It has been really great to have that neighborly support and to keep paying it forward. It is so nice how people randomly do acts of kindness. I feel times like this really draw people closer.

Keep paying the good deeds forward, help out your family, friends, neighbors, a total stranger. Unity is how we will get through the tough times. Thank you for stopping by and I wish you all a beautiful day and weekend!