I loaded my items on the conveyor belt. I made small talk with the cashier and Ryder pointed out the balloons hanging on the wall. My items were almost done being scanned. I was caught up in watching the order and talking to Ryder. Out of the corner of my eye I saw movement behind me.
There bending me was a man with a long shaggy beard, torn and tattered clothes, and who very obviously hadn't showered in long time. I turned back to the cashier and continued our small talk. Out of the corner of my eye I couldn't help but notice the man's purchase, some beef sticks, a bottle of water and a few other items.
I swiped my card, my purchase complete. Then I paused.
"I would like to pay for his purchase too." I told the cashier.
"Are you sure?" she questioned.
"Yes. I am." I simply stated.
She scanned his items and I swept my card again. I gathered the bag of his simple possessions.
"Here you go Sir, Merry Christmas" I said really looking at him for the first time. At that moment time seemed to pause. For just a brief moment he looked back at me, looking me directly in the eyes and in that moment I saw so much more.
I saw past the dirt, past the beard and clothes, for that moment I saw him as our Heavenly Father sees him, as a child of God. He simply took his bag, not saying a thing and walked away.
At that moment I knew what my word for 2014 was going to be, aware.
Aware of those around me, aware of how my kids and family are really doing and what they may need, aware of my own needs and that I am taking care of myself too.
Too often I speed through life, just trying to get the next thing done, how many things, how many people do I miss. No longer, I am going to be aware.
This moment is also my final Heartfelt Act of 2013.
Janette; times where I have made the extra effort to go out and spread a little more goodness, a little more kindness in the world.
As I left the dollar store that day; a lady near the exit said "that was really nice of you."
"Thank you, this world needs a little more kindness." I replied.
Spreading goodness and kindness one heartfelt act at a time... one moment where I was aware.
What is your word for 2014?
If you have done any heartfelt acts, you can link up below.