Yesterday the grocery store was crowded with last minute Turkey Day shoppers. Some folks were impatient, some impervious, and many looked tired and haggard with their inner glow-light barely shinning.
As I expertly wheeled my cart up and down the aisles, the thought dawned that perhaps the more sophisticated dessert selection that I would be offering today would hold no appeal to the ‘wee crowd.’ Thus, stopping at the cupcake counter, I carefully selected some picture-perfect little cakes, each beautifully decorated with various Turkey Day themes.
Check out went smoothly. However, the ‘packer’ herself seemed to have ‘checked out.’ Not being completely present at her assigned post meant that the artful cupcakes were packed on their art-filled little sides! Oooo.
Having been fully engaged and present while paying my bill, I didn’t discover the gooy mess until I was loading the groceries into the car.
Knee-jerk reaction… march (not tooooo militant!) right back into that store and demand that they replace the cupcakes, while righteously calling attention to the packer-gals’ in-attention.
Blessedly, these days, my knee is less apt to react like a jerk! My reaction mode has given way to a response mode that operates from a more thoughtful platform….’let me think about and process before I do much of anything.’
As I drove home, I thought about the packer-gal and looked INTO her, not at her. With great compassion, I now saw a young lady who had a host of reasons for not being fully present. (Humph. Just like thee and me, I suspect.)
I reached into my heart and simply loved her… right where she’s at. No need to fix, change, help or heal as every step, every stage, every place where we are for a moment in eternity is necessary AND filled with the Divine. Mentally, I thanked her for the opportunity to remember this Highest, ‘bestest’ Truth.
Once home, as I carefully righted the cupcakes, I saw that only one was seriously mangled.
Instantly I knew the cupcake situation was completely and happily resolved… I enjoyed EVERY morsel!
Happy Turkey Day! And if you come across a mangled, mutant cupcake, grab it and savor every bite.