On A Shopping Day

I went shopping this morning–no rain, wind is a bit strong, but very pleasant day to be outdoors even for shopping.  Even the carts I used rolled nicely.  Some days my shopping expedition is so wretched–pouring rain, strong wind, my cart rolling away on the parking lot, having to chase it before it hits another vehicle, stuff rolling off the cart into a puddle of rain water, cart that has its own will, pushing heavy load uphill on parking lot, unpleasant cashier, merchandise poorly stocked and having to go to extra stores, cashier telling me the machine isn’t recognizing my 5.00 coupon, cashier running out of the roll of register paper just after the customer before me, waiting forever at  service desk to see an unpleasant clerk, finding the van has no space left for more stuff, loading the van with 25 lbs of sugar and another 25 lbs of flour in rain….!!!!  Some days the only good thing is no car accident on the trip….  But still I have to be grace-ful so that people I encounter won’t be driven away from the Church because of me….   Well, today was a lovely shopping day!  Thank you, Lord!

 

7 thoughts on “On A Shopping Day

  1. Thank you. What a lesson that is! So glad you shopped when you did with a storm soon upon you!

    On Sun, Mar 12, 2017 at 12:15 PM, thoughtsfromthehilltop wrote:

    > allsaintssisters posted: “I went shopping this morning–no rain, wind is a > bit strong, but very pleasant day to be outdoors even for shopping. Even > the carts I used rolled nicely. Some days my shopping expedition is so > wretched–pouring rain, strong wind, my cart rolling away on” >

  2. Thanks for the reminder..”grin & bear it” because our actions do make a difference to other people and maybe their decisions…

  3. I liked this very much! And had the following thoughts about it.
    One thought is that making one’s way in the world is often not easy, as even everyday tasks can be frought with challenge and the potential, at least, for disaster So often just making it through the day (and night) is cause for gratitude and celebration.
    Secondly, I am reminded that, in the world, one is often judged by appearances – and especially those aspects of appearance that make reference to presumed group membership identities: type of clothing and any accessories, skin tone, facial features, gender, etc. One may think that one knows “everything about” a person just by looking at them. This is sometimes called stereotyping or profiling and is an extremely insideous fallacy. What is the alternative? “But the Lord said to Samuel,” `Do not look upon his appearance or on the height of his stature, for I have rejected him; the Lord does not see as mortals see; they look on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” (I Samuel 16:7) Or … “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.” (The Little Prince)
    Keep these Thoughts from the Hilltop coming! Thanks!

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