Take the time to talk with strangers! Take a step back from the craziness and busyness of every day life. There are so many moments to take in.
I walked into the Chiropractor’s office this weekend and there was an elderly man in the waiting room and a younger girl sitting there on her phone. I sat down, finished a text message and then picked up a magazine to read. After I leafed through the magazine, I laughed a little and said out loud, “Well I guess this magazine is a little old because I’m reading about making Christmas cookies.” The elderly man chuckled as I put the magazine back and he said, “Well, I could always read about Christmas cookies.” I laughed, too, and then while sitting back down I noticed his hat and embroidered on the side was the Bible verse “Isaiah 40:10.” The front of his hat said “No Fear Here” with the capital “E” having an American Flag print within it. I told him I liked his hat and the verse on it. Then, asked if he served – and sure enough, he served for 4 years in Vietnam! That one quick remark I made about the Christmas cookies followed by a compliment to his hat led to such an enlightening conversation. He said his heart is so happy to see how those who serve are treated today, because in his day, when he got home from serving, by the time they made it off the airplane to the airport lobby they were soaked with spit from protestors. He said that experience traumatized him more than what he experienced all 4 years serving. Wow. I then learned how he met his wife – when they were 13 years old! How he grew up in a group home and how he overcame 5 months in the hospital battling heart conditions in 2015. He also shared that Friday night he got a call from his granddaughter who lives in Oklahoma letting them know they were going to be great grandparents! You should have seen the joy in his face.
Let’s just say that was one of the most empowering ways to start the day.
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” — Isaiah 40:10