Yes, And ~ week 24

As I’ve mentioned here before, one of the richest memories of my life is how I used to get up at 5:30 in the morning with my dad. It was our time. We’d eat GrapeNuts and tell each other about the miracle(s) we’d seen the day before. I still try to like GrapeNuts and I still try to look for miracles every day.

Finding the miracles has been harder for me lately. I might notice (my word for 2015) lovely people, places, or things, but I’ve allowed circumstances, over which I feel powerless, to cloud my ability to recognize them as miracles. That’s gotta change.

Here’s how I’m going to change it. Yes/And. I completely accept the reality that YES there are many things going on the world, over which I have no control. AND while I continue to attend to what I can, I’m going to focus on the light, the good, the possible, along with the people doing the light, good, and possible.

YES, the divisions, gloom, fear, and darkness will still be around. My focus, however, will not be as glued to it, as it has been lately. I’m going to focus on the power of miracles. When I find myself tempted to dwell in the negative longer than is necessary, I’m going to seek out AND people, places, and things. AND people, places and things are the miracles Daddy and I used to share with each other daily. I’ll share some of them with you here.

This past week, Tom and I joined what seemed like half of the county’s population at Costco of Wilmington, NC.  This Costco is usually busy, but I’m guessing local beach vacationers added to the crowds on the day we were there.  It seemed like everyone was in a rush and mildly impatient ~ except the employees.  I was asked by several employees if I was finding what I needed.  That isn’t unusual at this Costco.  It’s clear the focus on Customer Service is paramount.  LOUD cheers to the management and staff!

andrew-for-blog.jpgAfter I’d finished shopping, I was seated in the dining area, waiting for Tom.  That’s when I spotted Andrew (pictured here), literally chasing down a couple, as they were approaching the exit.  The gentleman had left his cellphone on the check-out counter.  So, Andrew took it upon himself to grab the phone and find its owner.  The couple was amazed with the service and so grateful.  I couldn’t hear their conversation, but I saw Andrew smile and tap his heart in response to what the gentleman said to him. That did it for me.  I’d just witnessed one human connecting with the heart of another human.  It really IS as simple as that.

I’m not sure if anyone else noticed the interaction.  I did though.  So, I asked Andrew if I could take his picture and why.  He smiled and said yes.  I bet Andrew looks for ways to say yes. 

Yes, there are a lot of people who are rushing.around.getting.their.stuff.done. And, there are people like Andrew.  I’m going to try being more like Andrew.

PLEASE let us know ~ what ‘Andrew’ have you spotted (or been) lately?

4 thoughts on “Yes, And ~ week 24

  1. During a recent phone conversation with a state government employee, whom I did not know, we concluded our business and then she asked if there was anything else she could do to help. I joked about washing my windows and I immediately worried that she would not “get” my joke. I heard a friendly laugh and she said, “Only if you pay me twice what I earned today”. We both enjoyed our laughs and wished each other a safe and joyful day. To me this was a small but important miracle.
    PS: I like your Andrew Miracle.

  2. My ‘Andrew’ was actually an entire team of people who took care of me last weekend and Monday at Toyota of Wilmington when the hybrid battery died in my 2008 Prius. I had a sixth month old in the backseat; had to get towed; spent six hours there Saturday and another five on Monday after finally deciding to get a used ‘new to me’ upgrade to the Prius station wagon. As a loyalty customer, Bruce made every deal possible to reduce costs for me; Jim stuck with me all day waiting on paperwork and my outside angel assistance; people came by all afternoon to check on the baby – or to get his cute smile, or watch him while I ran to the restroom. I even got to reconnect with an old friend. In a desperate moment, everyone was kind and gracious. I drive in the neighborhood of 800-1000 miles a week right now, so a safe vehicle is really important to me with a baby on board…and two dogs. God walks in places we never expect, even if those ‘Andrews’ are unaware.

  3. Eleanor, thanks for sharing your ‘window cleaning’ miracle story. laughter can be a miracle in and of itself.

    Indeed, Linda!

    Pamela, thanks for sharing your Prius Angels story. hope you’re enjoying your new wheels!

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