This week I have had two different experiences that have taught me the same lesson. I’m always grateful to have an “aha” moment, especially if I can laugh about it. These experiences moved me from the auto-pilot mode of routine tasks to a valuable aha moment. I know that this lesson will be as beneficial to you as it has been to me.
First, I went to the Post Office and got stuck in the parking lot by a delivery truck that blocked the entrance. While I was there I was amazed at what you can see if you just sit still and pay attention. I saw an off-duty police officer assist a man having difficulty backing out of his parking space. (Sweet!) I saw what can happen when a man leans over to get something out of his car and he insists on wearing the waist of his pants all the way down to his hips. (Gross!) That man created a total eclipse this afternoon; if you missed it, thank The Lord! But the icing on the cake was when a lady parked beside me cursed at a child in the back seat for putting his feet on the chair while the song “The God in Me” (a Gospel song) by Mary Mary played loudly in their car! (Poor child!) It was truly too ironic.
Later, I went by the Central branch of the Public Library. While I was there I saw many of the changes that had been recently made to their layout. I go to the library regularly, sometimes several times a month. However, there are several areas that I never gave a second thought, until today. The North Carolina room is now housed in the area that formally held the periodicals. (Hang in there with me; I am going to make a point with this story.) When, I saw it in its new location, I decided to peek in just to see what the new space looked like. Well, when I walked into the room I was greeted by an extremely helpful and friendly Librarian. She explained all of the info that I could find in the room; the one that stuck out for me the most was genealogy. I have a few relatives that I’d love to learn about, and this will be a wonderful resource to assist me. While re-familiarizing myself with the Library I also decided to go into the Teen Central Section. I’ve passed this section countless times and never bothered to go in to check it out. Well, when I walked in I saw that there was another room straight to the back. It looked like a funky lounge/internet café type of space. It was painted in a cool color and had chalkboard paint on the back wall that had been decorated with a beautiful abstract chalk design. The Librarian in this section said I was the second person today to come by and tell her they didn’t realize this room exists. I didn’t get to check out the whole library today because I had other obligations. But, I certainly intend to look at more of it when I return the items I’ve borrowed. So, what’s the point of the story? Have you figured it out yet?
My point here is that it is truly amazing what you can see and learn when you let yourself stop long enough and just pay attention. I was able to see the best and the worst in human behavior while just sitting in my car. And, I discovered new and interesting things in a place that I frequently visit. What can you discover about your children, your colleagues, your spouse and yourself if you just pause long enough to pay attention and be open to exploring the possibilities? My challenge to you is to take yourself off of auto-pilot and start benefiting from what is happening around you every day. You have an “Aha Moment” waiting for you.Share