Slow down

During the next several weeks, we’re going to share some holiday lessons we’ve learned.

The day before Thanksgiving, I made a quick trip to Walmart to stock up on staples like bottled water and soft drinks.

I rushed down the aisles, paid for my purchases, pulled my car keys out of my jeans pocket, stowed the grocery sacks in my car and drove home. I even smiled as I crossed another item off my to-do list.

Then, after I carried everything into the house, I started looking for my purse. It wasn’t in the house. It wasn’t in the car. Where was it?

I panicked, imagining someone pulling the credit cards out of my purse and starting a big spending spree.

But my colleague, Anita, who working with me in my home office that day, remained calm. “Quick,” she said. “Let’s go back to the store. Maybe someone turned your purse in. There are lots of good people in the world.”

It was a happy ending. Someone had turned in my purse with all of my credit cards, my driver’s license and $45 in cash.

Not only was this a happy ending, it also was a reminder of an important lesson. Slow down. Even when it’s the holiday season. Even when I have too many things to do.


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