I was having a bad day yesterday and escaped the office at lunch, rushing across the street to the local pharmacy. Although I was angry, I tried to calm myself and remember the importance of being zen and a keeping positive attitude.
You could call this shopping therapy. Ok, it was definitely shopping therapy.
But as I scoured the aisles for anything to take my mind off the terrible day, I bumped into a sales associate who asked if I needed anything.
“Just shopping,” I replied without even looking at her.
“I’m here if you need anything,” she stated again.
I went about my business, looking at make up and other frivolous things until I headed to the check out counter.
The same sales associate was standing there with a beaming smile.
Smiles are contagious, so no matter how mad I was I found myself smiling back.
Her name tag said Carrie with lots of these around it 🙂 🙂 :-), followed by the words Corinthians 13:4.
So I asked her, “what is that? Corinthians 13:4.”
“It’s a bible verse I remind myself when things get crazy at work. It says, ‘Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.'”
And in that moment my stress melted away as I thought of those words.
They were beautiful.
And to be patient and kind to anyone- even those who you feel anger towards- is really what makes you a stronger human being.
I thanked her and walked out the store with a new attitude…one that was filled with love.
“Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden where the flowers are dead.”
~ Oscar Wilde