On Wenesday, after seeing Lezlie, I wrote this, titled Just Stand There :
So, I went to the mall before driving south.
The other skirt was still at The Bon Ton, but last week it was $12 and today it was $9.
I’m almost to the checkstand when another woman beats me there. The one girl starts to serve her, and it’s taking forever. First they have to go check a price, and then apparently she applied for credit, and there were forms to fill out and it was long.
I stood there holding the skirt.
As I am standing there, the woman says “Can you let this lady check out quickly?” OK, lady, that’s good.
And while I am looking for another service center, I realize this is a lesson I am being offered. Can I just stand there?
So I stood there. And I stood there. And stood there.
And when her transaction was done, the customer thanked me for my patience.
The girl even gave me an extra 10% off my purchase. OK, so that was the senior citizen discount, but she didn’t mention it, and I assumed it wasn’t because I looked that old, but because she was being nice.
I stood there and I didn’t run. And it was OK.
I stopped for my big mug of Coke on the way south. I worried that they would see me as unfeminine. The gal punched my collector card, and as I left, the woman manager said “It’s Tuesday!”
The girl said “No it’s not!”
“I know,” said the manager. “I just wanted to give her an extra punch.” I smiled, even without going back to get the second punch.
Your question at the end of today is the absolute, dead on question: I’m dammned good at what I do, at who I am, but how do I create an audience in the world?
We will chat about that next week.
Got this back, with the title Keeping Your Center : )
Okay, so now I’m really impressed with your shopping prowess!
Just stood there — waited in your center, trusted in your center; alright, and practiced patience and perserverence. (The gift of patience being … patience. hmmmm)
I find it fascinating how twice in a row the Universe chose to do something a little special for you, on the spot! Puts a smile on my face.
The subject is clearly the gift of a koan I need to hold: Keeping Your Center.
So powerful, so hard.
Julie Andrews: Living In The Shadows (Bricusse/Wildhorn, from Victor/Victoria on Broadway)