Lessons from a Hallmark Store…
Have you ever gone window shopping and seen something that you can’t get out of your mind? Well, that recently happened to me. Over a month ago I went into a Hallmark store. One store I generally do not visit only because I am horrible at sending cards ): and I really don’t need any of the beautiful nick-nacks. Well, I saw this mug and really liked it but I wouldn’t spend the $14.95. In my mind, the mug wasn’t worth that – it was just a simple mug with a saying that jumped out at me… a saying that I wanted to apply to my daily life. But, I walked away from the mug… but didn’t stop thinking about it. I visited the Hallmark store after that… still admiring the mug and still not wanting to spend the money.
Well, last week, I stopped at a Hallmark store and they didn’t have the mug to admire. I was heart broken. Life is often a series of window shopping events. I go through life
- Looking at things we want and things we want to accomplish, but I keep just looking instead of moving forward.
- Feeling like there will be something better ahead of me to “purchase” / obtain – always on pursuit for the bigger / better when the small blessing is all I need.
- Believing that I am not worth the small price to pay to obtain what I see – it may be work to earn it or money to purchase it.
- Distracted by what I see in the “window” but never slowing down to figure out how to obtain it.
- Speeding through life and not enjoying the beauty that is around me – the small things that bring a smile to my face.
- Admiring something / someone but not recognizing its worth to me until it is gone.
I think about all the projects I wish to accomplish, the things I want for my life and my family’s lives, and the big and small things that could make our life more meaningful. Instead of figuring out ways to make them happen, I just keep “window shopping”. But I need to learn to stop and pay “the price” and not just “window shop” through life.
“…there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot..” —Ecclesiastes 3:22