Not long ago, I was shopping at Trader Joe’s and feeling distracted by the details of my increasingly busy life. I was mulling the different people whose lives I interact with as a volunteer and pondering it all. I was so lost in such thoughts that when the clerk asked what I was going to be doing with the rest of the day, I didn’t realize he was speaking to me. I became present and shared why I was distracted and that no matter what the rest of the day brought it would be welcomed and appreciated as a true gift. He resonated with that idea, as did the young man who was packing the bags at the end of the counter.
Just as I paid, my cell phone rang and I answered. I was slowly walking out of the store and responding to the call when the young man who had packed my bags tapped me on the shoulder and handed me a bouquet of flowers. I was taken aback and quickly thanked him. Between his desire to duck away and the phone call, it was a brief expression of gratitude.
As I drove home, I nearly wept with joy at the kindness of his beautiful gesture and gift to me. I wondered how he knew that a random act of kindness was just what I needed. I marveled at the beauty of humanity and -not for the first time- considered that there might be some angelic inspiration at play in all of it.
I cannot say but I think of that young man as an angel who chose to buoy me just when I needed it most. I often need to remember to hold things lightly and it is said that ‘angels fly because they take themselves lightly’.
Excerpt from John O’Donohue:
Blessings of Angels
May the Angels in their beauty bless you. May they turn toward you streams of blessing. May the Angel of Awakening stir your heart to come alive to the eternal within you, to all the invitations that quietly surround you. May the Angel of Encouragement confirm you in worth and self-respect, that you may live with the dignity that presides in your soul. May all the Angels be your sheltering and joyful guardians.