Have you ever felt you’ve lost your purpose? Like the world is spinning wildly out of control without any solid sense of direction? A cd skipping in the middle of a song…Where do you fit in this endless cycle of loops?
We all need a little nudge every now and again to get us back on track.
Mine was the other day when an older couple came into work. I was busy. The sweet lady spoke this to me: “You may not think you are making a difference here, but every little effort counts. Thank you, we appreciate what you have done today.”
She went on to say everything was so clean and the breakfast was nice.
I was so deeply touched, I patted my heart and smiled back at them deeply. Those words of encouragement meant so much to me that particular morning. I told her and her husband thank you from my heart.
Her husband said they were heading out that morning somewhere north in the state and was so grateful for good food in his belly to send them on their way. The precious lady said a ‘God Bless’ you before they left out the door.
They were no doubt Christians, and I was astonished about the whole ordeal, to say the least.
Sometimes we go to jobs day in and day out, feeling mundane, unimportant — wondering if we even matter.
Are we making any difference at all in our little corner of the world?
One young man was taking a pic of the fruit. I’ve caught a few doing this.
Later on in the day, another woman grabbed one of the bananas with a quote on it. She stopped at my kitchen door and asked if I was the one who had written it. I shook my head, “Yes ma’am.”
“I needed that today. You have no idea.” I asked which one she had gotten.
“There’s always a way.”
I looked her in the eyes and said, “Remember that.”
So, that got me to thinking….
What does it look like on the other side of the fence?
Today, I am writing from one of the tables in the dining room at my work. I wanted to see what it feels like to be on the other side, to see what the guests see. A few of the regular guests recognized me and spoke.
Here’s what I saw: one of my favorites was a group of older guys sitting at a table, shooting the breeze. It felt like a coffee shop atmosphere. (I couldn’t have wished for anything better)
There was a mother back with her sweet little girl with blonde pigtails I had spoken to the day before. Cutest little sweetheart you ever did see.
It felt strange to be on the other side of the kitchen, unrushed, unhurried, without a care in the world.
So, here’s what I discovered after my small excursion:
You do matter.
You have a place in this world.
You have purpose.
Use your talents and gifts for the glory of God.
Don’t be discouraged.
Always be humble and kind.
You make a difference.
Don’t be afraid to try new things.
You have a beautiful smile. Someone needs it today. Do it more often.
So here’s to the endless cycle of loops, the carousel ride of life.
Hang on for dear life, my friend.
Now, I’m off to tour my town. Visit some shops I’ve never been in, including our newer coffee shop. 🙂😘