Chris and I love licorice.
For Chris, it can be any kind of licorice but I’m more selective. Our local grocery store has been carrying an awesome tasting, chunky, Australian licorice so we’ve had a good supply of this stuff in our home for the past few months.
Recently, I found out, to my utter dismay, that the store is no longer supplying OUR licorice. It took a few days of struggling before I was able to make peace with this reality and I have finally moved on…
…to Goodies! You know those candy coated pieces of black licorice? My husband thinks they are the Canadian equivalent of the Good and Plenty licorice that you find in the States and since he has gained five pounds since we switched to these calorie-infused delights, he’s going off them – but I’m not. No siree Bob! I’m still going strong!
A few days ago, I headed into the grocery store and grabbed three bags of Goodies. (after all, they were on sale!) When I got to the check out, there was a long line so I waited patiently. The woman ahead of me looked in my basket and started shrieking.
“Oh, my goodness…I LOVE those things! I haven’t had those candies for such a long time! My husband used to sit in bed, watching TV and we would eat the whole bag! They bring back so many memories.”
The lady gave out a big sigh and I could tell that she was travelling down Memory Lane in her head. I smiled back at her and I knew at that very moment that this was a “pay it forward” * moment, for sure. As soon as I finished paying, I rushed after the lady and caught up with her in the parking lot.
“You gotta’ have these Goodies – they have your name written all over them.” I wasn’t prepared for the lady’s response – she started to cry. She gave me a big hug and kept saying “Thank you” over and over again. She told me that I made her day.
It felt good…so good that I went back into the store and bough more licorice. (after all, they were on sale!)
I think we need to consciously look for these kind of moments in our days. I often pray that God would keep me receptive to simple opportunities to surprise people and bless them with a simple, other-centered gesture.
“A life lived for others, is the only life worth living.” Albert Einstein
* “Pay it forward” means when something good happens to you, you turn around and do something good for someone else. Instead of paying something “back” you are paying it “forward” on to the next person.