I’ve been journaling for as long as I can remember. It’s my way to connect the dots of my day. It helps me to purge, organize thoughts, express gratitude, and stay positive. So I’d like to share a recent experience that reminded me why it’s so important to make time to connect whenever the opportunity may arise.
Putting things into perspective
It was a Sunday morning in June, just one week after Father’s Day. The day before was one of those 12-hour workdays, so I was really looking forward to a leisurely breakfast outside in the fresh air. Things played out differently though, and that evening I wrote in my journal:
“Sometimes life hands you a problem and then gives you exactly what you need in order to put it in perspective. After an exhausting 12 hour day, I was looking forward to some R&R on Sunday morning, but my point of sale system had other ideas! The shop was slammed and the printer that handles order tickets was acting up. So instead of lingering over breakfast, I quickly got ready and ran out to be the IT Department. I was still tired from the day before, and now crabby on top of it 🦀
Along the way, I remembered to stop at the supermarket because the shop was also low on milk. As I was leaving I ran into Don & Barbara (two of our regular customers). I stopped to say hello and ask how they were. Don apologized that they hadn’t been in for a while and said he hadn’t been feeling well. Then he complimented me on our staff. ‘They always remember to get my favorite cup from the back room – the one with the little chip in it,’ he said. We keep it just for Don because for some reason he likes it!”
A change in outlook
My journal entry continued:
Don & Barbara said they were shopping for a special Father’s Day celebration, even though it was one week late. They had 10 filets to grill and needed a few other items for the gathering. I noticed the sparkle in Barbara’s eyes, and as I turned to leave I wished them well.
Walking to the car, I reflected on how heartwarming it was to see them shopping together. It was the perfect reminder that THIS is the important stuff… taking time to connect with people as we go through life. The printer problem that had me so agitated minutes before became what it should’ve been all along – a simple challenge.”
An unexpected turn of events
That was the last time I would see Don because not more than a few weeks later, a neighbor came to tell us that he had passed away. She wanted us to know because she knew Don & Barbara enjoyed our shop. We were all crushed because they were such a sweet, elderly couple.
Don had a good sense of humor and would joke about what made the coffee organic, or he would try to order pastries with extra gluten. He always was very attentive to Barbara as they walked around town together, making many friends along the way. Our staff loved serving the two of them! It seemed fitting to retire his mug by planting some succulents in it and bringing it to Barbara at the funeral home.
Writing in my journal that night, I could never have imagined the even broader perspective that would result after this unexpected turn of events.
Make time to connect and be present
In our busy lives, we could all use a reminder that making time to connect is vital and something we’ll never regret. Time is like a thief in the night; suddenly it can disappear and take something precious with it. So even when there are other things pressing, next time you bump into a co-worker, neighbor or loved one, take just a moment to connect and be present with them. I sure am grateful I did!