Last weekI was in the grocery store in the middle of the day feeling great after finishing my workout and preparing to go back to my studio for afternoon clients. I finished shopping and got to the front of the store where every open checkout was lined up with 5 or more people. I got in line and another lady came behind me and then another behind her. The last lady in line was sighing loudly, looking at her watch and asking an employee of the store where she could find the Manager because she was not happy about this situation.
I began chatting to the lady behind me and commented how we are all so busy today and cannot tolerate waiting for anything. She responded that she had returned the prior day from the east coast and was adjusting to the fast pace of Ontario again. She told me that all the cars stop for pedestrians (novel idea) out east no matter if there is a cross walk or light. One morning she stepped into the road where a car had stopped for her but another car kept going so she stepped back onto the curb. Moments later, the car returned and the driver apologized as the sun had been in his eyes and he had not seen her. I thought this was a great story to share as it showed the wonderful pace and courteous nature of our east coast neighbours.
I have worked with people all across Canada and admire those to the east and west for their pace of life. The lady behind us did not get through the line up any quicker by complaining and having a near meltdown but for the two of us who enjoyed the moment to chat, it was a welcome break in our day.
A year ago, I would have been the meltdown lady. Today I enjoy a less stressful pace and while I can honestly say I have not adopted the east coast pace, I do wish we could all slow down and be grateful for what life has to offer.
Take a moment next time you are out in public, remove your blinders, smile, chat and make someone’s day! We only have this day and are not guaranteed another; enjoy it with gratitude!
“Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.” ― Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free