#53: A Wise Moment

Friday, August 21, 2009

A fellow SparkPeople member posted this quote today:

A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds -- Francis Bacon.

When I read it I was convinced I must have been wise for a short while this afternoon when I stopped at the grocery store. I'm usually more outgoing with people when it's my choice than when I feel forced into gestures of friendship. And so it was today. While I shopped I said hi to several employees and told them what a good job they were doing. It never hurts us to do this and makes people feel appreciated.

Then I turned down an aisle and encountered my wise moment. Another shopper and I began talking about our pets when we saw the cat and dog food in each other's cart. Like me he also had taken in strays when he could not find their owner.

After we chatted for several minutes, we had to get on with our shopping and reluctantly said our goodbyes and nice talking with yous. Then he surprised me as I began to move on. "You know," he said, "not everyone is like we are. Many people wouldn't have bothered with these pets. But you probably saved the lives of five animals by taking them in. Bless you for that. Have a great afternoon." Surprised, I thanked him and then he walked away.

I mentioned how I try to encourage employees by telling them that what they do is appreciated. But here a stranger was telling me the same thing because we both were animal lovers. To be thanked by a stranger in the middle of a grocery store, a man I simply happened to make an effort to say hello to, had me walking on clouds as I left. I suppose for that encounter, as Mr. Bacon said, I created an opportunity, an opportunity to spend time with another person who shares the same compassion toward strays as I do.

As a result, my spirit was uplifted and my heart filled with a sense of camaraderie. I am certain that the positive feeling I now have, and a stranger's kind words, will be recalled every time I look into the eyes of Brownie, Kitty and Little Thang, my three cats, and Baby the Boxer and Thumper the Shepard, the two dogs.

Because they all get along well with each other is, I believe, a testament to their knowledge that they have found a safe harbor where someone cares for them and feeds them and brushes and plays with them.

In turn, today I found a safe harbor where a stranger cared about me and what I have done with these homeless pets. That may have been an isolated wise moment for me at the grocery store, but it is one I will not soon forget.

And now I pass along what was unexpectedly offered to me today: Bless all of you for your support and encouragement. You may never know how much it means. Have a great weekend.
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    Most excellent Lou!! As always, you put a smile on my face and warmness in my heart.

    I also realized there are helpful people in the world - today, while trying to mail a few packages, a woman was in the post office and was offering advice. I was taken aback - when I lived in Jacksonville, people wouldn't help let alone offer a kind word or two. Here in Brooksville, it's quite different and it puts a smile on my face.

    Thanks for making this Saturday a good God blessed day.
    4253 days ago
    Ditto, bless you for all your words of encouragement and support. And what a good guy you are, taking in all the little animal orphans...

    4254 days ago
    I just love that you had this experience. Thank you so much for sharing it.
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  • FITKAT2010
    This was an incredible gift today. I was looking for something "special" and here it was!

    Thank you.

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    4254 days ago

    You ARE a wise man, a compassionate man, and I am glad this gift from a stranger was given to you today. Look at how much you give to all of us...your wonderful blog entries, your guidance as our faithful leader, your encouragement. I like you, Lou. You are on my friends list because I like you.

    Have a blessed Sabbath!

    4254 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    emoticon you done good!

    Keep up the good work. AND keep on Sparking!
    4254 days ago
    I have moments like that as well. Once a couple left story on my windshield at Walmart when they saw my like minded bumper stickers. The story so uplifted me that I sent it several others hoping they would enjoy it as much as I did. We have countless opportunities to impact others lives every day. Some for good some for bad. I hope to tilt the balance on the side of good. Hope tomorrow is just as good for you!
    4254 days ago
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