That Four Letter Word: L-O-V-E

Thought I’d share with you a little story that happened to me this morning…  it’s short and sweet but has a pretty powerful message.

I’m running around town this morning doing some errands when I stop into Dion’s, a locally owned gas station and convenience store known for their fried chicken and being open 24 hours a day, to grab a few things for the boat today.  As I was walking into the store a guy was walking out and practically let the door close in my face.  I don’t think he did it on purpose, or maybe he did, but he seemed in a hurry.  Quickly, before the door could close a gentleman from inside caught the door, opening it and stepping aside to allow me to enter the store.  As I walked by and thanked him for holding the door he replied, while shaking his head “You’re welcome, that guy could have been a gentleman and held the door”.  I just smiled, said thank you again, and went to grab a bottle of water from the back of the store.
door open

About 1 minute later I’m standing in line, waiting to check out.  There were about 3 people ahead of me and one cashier open.  A second register opened and the line of customers waiting to check out quickly divided into two lines.  Although I was at the end of the line, the gentleman in front of me insisted I go before him.  As the cashier was ringing me up the gentleman that let me in front of him started a conversation with me and said “I’m from the 40’s.  Where we respect women, children, and each other.  Seems like we’ve lost it.  If we can get back to that again we can get back to that four letter word L-O-V-E.”  I agreed with him, smiled and thanked him, and went on my way.

The reason that resonated with me is I’m reading a book called A Course In Miracles.  The Course says “Miracles occur naturally as expressions of love.  The real miracle is the love that inspires them.  In this sense everything that comes from love is a miracle”.  How true is that, the real miracle is the love that inspires them.  I agree with the gentleman I met in Dion’s this morning, we do need to get back to that four letter word L-O-V-E.

Cheers!  #MiracleMonday



Changing The World, One Blog Post At A Time

I cannot believe that I’ve just hit 2,800 views on Shoveling Sunshine.  To some, it may be small potatoes, but to me, it’s simply amazing.

Singers and musicians often say that the feeling that they get the when the crowd sings back a song that they wrote and sang from their heart-strings is indescribable.  It’s proof that someone, in their case thousands of people, are listening to what they are saying, thinking, and feeling.  I think I experienced that feeling, obviously on a much smaller scale, this past month.  People started coming up to me to tell me about something good that happened to them and it reminded them of myself and this little ol’ blog.  I even had a friend of mine use my blog as an example in a class she is taking, the subject:  Tell us about a real world philosopher you know personally.  How awesome is that?!

I really do consider it the highest compliment when someone actually gets something from my blog.  The fact that I, from my 20-square-foot kitchen, in Key West, am inspiring people to try new things, think different thoughts, and to be a just a little bit kinder is pretty damn cool.  I’ve always known I wasn’t completely alone in my thoughts but the fact that I actually have people from different states and countries (!) that “follow” my blog is solid proof that I’m not alone in my thoughts and ways of thinking.


Where the magic happens… excuse the mess, it’s been a crazy week.  And it’s only Wednesday!  Bah!

I’m a stickler for thank you notes but since I can’t send all the individual viewers thank you notes I figured a “Thank You” post was the next best thing.  So, thank you for taking the time to read and share my thoughts.  Thank you for inspiring me to keep writing.  And last but not certainly not least, thank you for being awesome.