Today, I walked into a grocery store to buy some bread. I grabbed the bread, and was standing at the checkout counter when I heard the exchange between the cashier and one of the cleaners. The cleaner was begging her to let him buy some beans, N300 worth, but he didn’t have the money. He promised he’d pay tomorrow. She said some nasty words to him, but eventually agreed. She stressed the importance of him paying tomorrow, otherwise she’d get in trouble. The bread I went to buy was N250. I had way more cash than I needed. I feel like I could have stepped in and offered to pay. But I didn’t. Because there were so many people around, customers and staff, and I didn’t want to create a scene. I also didn’t just want to intrude.
Why then is it bugging me so much? Why am I giving myself a sleepless night over it? Why can’t I get him off my mind? There’s one lesson here really. Or maybe two. The first is gratitude. We stay complaining about one thing or the other that we don’t have, rather than listing everything that we do have and giving thanks. ‘Count your blessings, name them one by one…’. We all need to practice more gratitude. I have a gratitude journal now, where I try to write at least 3 things I’m thankful for each day. The second lesson is giving. Give whenever you can, however you can. Nothing is too little to give. No matter how little you have, you can find something to give. Give of your time. Give of your money. Give of your knowledge/skills. Just give! And this is to myself first, and then to everyone else. Give thanks. And give love. I pray I never let another opportunity like this one pass me by. God actually helps us by giving us these opportunities to give of ourselves.
I’m excited for the week. It’s the end of Ramadan, which means Eid aka celebrations. It’ll be fun with family and friends. And I’m also excited for the week’s work goals.
What are you excited about? What are you thankful for?