Hi there 2013!
2012, you were a year of change. Some I would have rather not had to deal with, but lots and lots of it was for the good, so I thank you for that. I could have done with a bit less stress, but my problems truly are minor compared to billions of others on this planet. I have nothing really to complain about. I have a blessed and wonderful life. So thanks for that, 2012, and all the other years that came before you.
So, 2013, what do you have in store? I’m not into the whole resolution thing (unless 1920 x 1200 counts for anything) because I really don’t care to make promises that I’ll likely break. However, I will promise to keep my sense of wonder every day and to soak in all the amazing things around me. I will try to find overlooked beauty in the mundane, which should be easy since beauty is all around us all. I will strive to maintain an unfiltered outlook, to remain unjaded by the past, and to be in the moment. I know that’s a lot, but I’m pretty sure I’m up to the task.
You know, 2013, I’ll settle for some quiet this year, but if you want to mix it up a bit, that’s fine too. I’m simply happy to see what each day brings. I’ll write about it here.
A few weeks ago we were at one of the local grocery stores shopping. There’s this completely adorable little old Asian lady who is a cashier there. She can’t be any taller than 4 foot 8 inches, if that. She is always friendly and smiling. We’re regulars and see her frequently, exchanging pleasantries and trying to use her lane when we can.
I rarely carry cash, but happened to only have a $100 bill to pay for around $20 worth of groceries that night. This wasn’t a problem; she had plenty of change. I noticed our favorite cashier was taking a long time to get the change counted. Too long. I was getting impatient and wanted to say something.
Then I realized what she was doing. She was going through her stack of $20 bills and picking out the “nice” ones. The old and wrinkly ones were being rejected. Only nice, new, crisp bills were selected for my change. I got the four best $20 bills from her drawer as part of my change. This was done despite there being a couple of customers in line behind me. I was a little dumbfounded, but also quite honored by her gift.
I thanked her with a big smile and went on with my day knowing she made the effort to give me something extra and nice. Some people are so cute, you just want to hug them.
I’m glad I held my tongue.
If you don’t like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time.
The important thing is this: To be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become.