An exasperated voice made me look up as I was putting my items on the conveyor belt at the grocery store. The lady in the front was looking at the large frozen peas packet in my hand.” Ohh, I totally forgot to pick that!” she said, pointing to the peas and then dejectedly looking at the long queue behind me.
I immediately offered her mine. When she seemed a bit hesitant, I pointed out that I had another pack and it was perfectly alright for her to have it. Thanking me profusely, she took it – thought she didn’t need to as the crinkling and slight wetness of her eyes over her mask were enough to show her gratitude. She mentioned that she had thought of putting items in her car and then coming back to the store to pick up the peas. This saved her a lot of time.
As I was walking to my car, it struck me that the joy I felt was way more than any amount of cooking with those peas could ever have given me.
It wasn’t the giving; it was actually the receiving!
Find your joy…sometimes it’s stocked in a grocery store too!