So I was at the store yesterday buying groceries, and the cashier was not very quick. We live in a society of speed, and I admit I’m not very patient. He was sorting his dollar bills when I used a card for payment… I just sighed and internally rolled my eyes. I wasn’t in a hurry, so it wasn’t that big of a deal. I grabbed my cereal boxes and said I didn’t need a bag for them. I try to use Thirty One bags whenever I can to save the planet and stuff, but I had forgotten them in the van.
Then I noticed something… he was organizing my purchase in the bags, taking items out and moving them to other bags, silently and categorically.
When he handed me the bags, I thanked him for correlating them so well. He shrugged, and proceeded to help the next customer.
It broke my heart. I had determined he was possibly burdened with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
I instantly felt bad that I hadn’t let him bag my cereal.
I was troubled by the thought that in the impatient world today, he may become insulted or harassed for something that he doesn’t have control over.
I was proud of him for having a job and putting such an effort into it.
I was thankful that after suffering a traumatic brain injury, I am able to complete most tasks. I’m beyond blessed that I’m intelligent, efficacious, and perceptive.
I was more thankful that God has given me the heart to discern characteristics in others could possibly increase their daily struggles.
I thought… is there anything I can do to “brighten his day”? As I said, previously, in the impatient world today, he is more than likely insulted or offended. If I had been in a hurry, would I have noticed his diversity? Would I have respected it? To answer my initial question, yes there is something I can do. I can pray for him. I can pray for everyone that comes in contact with him for a peaceful and respectful mannerism.
I can write this blog with the hopes God causes the right eyes to view it.
Just be nice, people.
Thank you for reading, and have a great day 🖤