Monday, August 18, 2014

33:52 {people, purses, a red dress, and God}

Motivational Monday

Your talent is God's gift to you.  What you do with it is your gift back to God.
-Leo Buscaglia

My talent is people or perhaps it is approachable-ness, but then again maybe neither is.  Two weeks ago I was in TJ Maxx and I was approached by a short old lady who went on to tell me how angry she was with herself because goll-darn-it she didn't buy the purse she saw the last time she was there and now it's gone.  She further explained that she convinced herself she didn't need a purse and she really didn't like the purse because it had a long strap on it.  And being a short lady with a purse with long straps meant that it hung down around her knees.  Although she decided she didn't really like the purse apparently she really wanted it, and it made her angry that she didn't purchase it when she initially saw it.

This is just one example of the many stories I could tell of different people approaching me to tell me basically nothing, or sometimes to give a compliment, or to share their bad news.  A month before the short old lady with the purse, I was in the same store and was approached by a women of middle age, who came in the store to seek me out.  She approached me quite awkwardly, looking me up and down and once again and the proclaimed, "I watched you walk in.  I have to tell you the dress and outfit you are wearing is quite beautiful."  I said thanks and went on my way.  Part of that outfit is shown in the picture below, the red dress.  While I had a scarf and my hair down quite differently that day, the dress is the same.

I consider people a talent, although I'm not quite sure it is.  You see, I can also be aloof and standoffish.  This happens when I am assessing others' behaviors or frankly when I don't want to be social.  I'm not always entirely sure how this gift gives back to God but at times I have walked away from situations as described above (only more personal information was shared) believing that I at least provided unbiased listening and no response to someone in need.  As isn't always the situation that sometimes we just want to vent without repercussions and/or judgement?  Who better to do that to than a complete stranger?

The red dress which prompted a stranger to follow me into TJ Maxx
and just for fun, here's a dragonfly that has nothing to do with this post.

go see what her gifts are...

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