I need to learn how to be content with simply not knowing, and be at peace with the notion that everything does not need an explanation. – Unknown
Pennies from heaven are like that.
An elderly lady was pushing herself through the Safeway parking lot in her wheelchair. She used one hand and the other rested in her lap. I asked her where she was going and if I could give her a push. She indicated that she had a hair appointment at Great Clips, but the shuttle driver dropped her at the Safeway entrance.
I told her to hold on and pick up her feet, this was going to be fun.
We went according to her directions with a few swirls along the way. She laughed, thanked me, and asked me if I was ok. I was embarrassed that in her condition she noticed I was limping, because I thought I faked it better then that. I explained it was just an old battle wound from running, but it’s what I love, so I was happy to be able to do it once in awhile. She told me, she had been in a car accident, was in a coma for three months, and had died twice.
She smiled and very matter-of-fact said…
Always do what you love, because someday those you love and what you love will change.
I was sad that she had only a shuttle to take her to get her hair done, and yet, I was empowered by her strength of character and her ability to grab life. She wasn’t sad or inconvenienced at all by her condition, and she was extremely grateful for my help. I left her smiling at the hair salon, and the sunlight followed her in the door.
So, while I thought I was tending to a little, old lady by passing on a kindness, I found myself grateful for her. I am humbled by her paragon of wisdom, her ability to look at can, her love of laughter, and her yearning to go to the salon when her hair was perfect before the visit.
I purchased my few items at Safeway and went back to the Jeep where this penny had fallen by the door, a penny that was not there before.