The other day, I went to the gas station to do my weekly fill up, and then decided to go through the car wash next to it. It's a tiny wash, and there were 3 people ahead of me. When I finally got to the payment machine, fumbling to put my card in and press the right buttons (all with rubber gloves on) my card was declined twice after following the directions on the screen. I made a decision to try one more time, this time turning my card around to the opposite direction as what was shown. It worked!
Just before I was about to drive forward, I heard repeated honking. A woman in a car stopped next to me was waving her hands out her window. I rolled down my window and asked if she needed help. She exclaimed, "Your gas tank is open!". I was shocked, grateful and confused about how to get out of my car, wedged in next to the payment machine. She yelled, "don't worry, the guy behind you is closing it!". I shouted a big thank you and waved to the fellow behind me.
Two takeaways for me from this experience: 1) People become even kinder in the face of experiencing common disasters and 2) Despite all I do to try and remain mindful, I am still human and must have faith that I am being watched over by an Essence wiser than myself.
Please remember to be kind to yourself and to others, always and everywhere! 💝