It’s amazing what a shift in attitude can do to change your perspective on things. Knowing how crazy the mall would be I decided to once again work on my fear of crowds. Waiting in a very long line for a return I felt the fear and agitation begin to descend on me. There was a woman in line behind me that just kind of rubbed me the wrong way. Then I remembered. I remembered my hugs. I remembered all of the things that I have learned throughout this year including not passing judgment on others. I realized that perhaps she was overwhelmed by crowds as well or maybe her Christmas spirit had worn thin. Or maybe she doesn’t even celebrate Christmas and these crowds were just annoying to her.
Very quickly a shift happened in my heart. The fear and annoyance went away. Love crept in. I began to even think that if opportunity presented itself I would offer her a hug. It didn’t, but just thinking that way changed my entire experience. I didn’t even hesitate knowing I might hold up the line to ask the employee at Loft for a hug. Hopefully all that did was encourage more shifts in attitude in the long line behind me.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.