Friday, February 25, 2011
This past week I got out a bit more than usual, I saw a bit more than normal and tried to recall the week in faces. You do know faces are not always on our head don’t you? Look …
There on the side of the road was a man; (I was stopped at a red light) pushing a shopping cart that had been converted into a trailer. His trailer was full of morning dumpster treasures and he himself looked like water and food were avoiding him. He caught my stare, we smiled at each other, I waved, he waved and the light turned green. Pulling off I was in awe of his finds.
There at the assisted living community sits a woman. Should you ask her a question she will look at you with eyes similar to a deer caught in headlights. However, should my mother walk in… a glaring ray of light emits and smile graces her face. My mother always stops and hands out hugs.
There at the chained restaurant where I ate lunch was a bar tender. Making $2 an hour you would expect him to be less than attentive. What a refreshing joy it was when greeted by an over active, over achieving, happy to be employed barkeep. This guy was so personable he showed me pictures of how he had trained his dog to use the toilet. TMI!
As I look back on the week I recall so many faces and not because of facial features. I recall these faces because of the life behind the face.
The man with his shopping cart trailer; hard times for sure, making the most with what he could find and still… he could wave and smile.
The lady at the assisted living community; her mind being robbed with the fleeting of time and I’m sure an evil disease. But compassion, she recognized compassion and it brought her back to life.
The barkeep who works for $2 an hour? All I can say about him is, if we all. If we all could take our personal situations and make lemonade like him… well we sure would not need to spike it.
In leaving you for the weekend I have a challenge. Challenge yourself to see the faces you pass, see them for what they are and appreciate them for that they can bring to you.
Head high and eyes wide open will at least allow you to see what is right in front of you.
Have a great weekend.