I have been working in retail all summer.
I thought that a part-time job would do me good, get me back to reality and help me to figure out what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, and put some money in the bank.
Of course while I have been working 7 days a week 5-6 hours a day with the occasional day off for bridal showers or baby showers, life still continues on in the background.
Family members died, babies were born, dogs were walked, people were hired, people were fired, money was spent, food was eaten…
And it is August and the summer has passed me by.
As a child summer seemed to last forever, but this summer for me, just flew by.
Am I sad, a little, but not really. I reached out to a long lost relatives and reconnected. I made new friends at my part-time job. I helped to paint my parent’s place. My husband and have been sprucing up our home. I got my muscles back in my arms and my back and my legs. I spent time with clients of a hospice providing Reiki treatments.
I did miss Flamenco this summer and will work to get back to it. Lots of ideas about that to come.
What I did discover this summer is that life can pass you by, don’t let it. There are so many lonely people in the world, they did not get lonely on purpose, life just passed them by.
Next time you see someone who looks a little distant, or walks a little off kilter, or talks to themselves; because they have no one to talk to, or talks non stop when they do talk to you, take the time, say hello, acknowledge them, listen to them and smile. That could be you one day.
A smile hurts no one, but it could be the difference, be the change, in the person you give your smile to.
I am smiling a lot more this summer, and singing. I am listening a lot more, and seeing a lot more.
Stop and listen, what do you hear?
Stop and look around you, what do you see?
I see people smiling back at me, I hear the birds and the bugs and the creatures. I stop to talk to people on the street, or say hello to those on their porches as I walk by. I wave at my neighbour as I am heading off to wherever, whenever.
Have you tried this one? Wave and smile at a complete stranger and check their reaction. Will they wave back? Do they look confused because they think they know you and now they are trying to figure out how? I do this when someone on the road does something that could cause a road rage reaction, but instead I smile and wave at them. Obviously wherever they are headed to is more important than the life of everyone around them, so I smile and wave to send them positive energy for their journey.
Our daughter will be getting married soon, and our first grandchild will be born to our eldest son and his wife soon after. Life continues in the background, put life in the foreground, not the background. Make sure that in the future you will be saying ‘What a Summer!’ Make memories of what you saw, what her heard, who you smiled and laughed with, who you cried with and touched.
Until next time!