A little help with groceries

Today, while in one of the notoriously long lines in Wal*Mart, I was behind a man waiting for an elderly woman in front of him to unload her shopping cart and get a move on as he kept mumbling. She gets almost done and is $3.18 short to pay for her groceries. She gets really flustered trying to decide what to leave behind. Poor dear didn’t have very much to begin with. The man openly grumbled and swore so anyone could hear him. Finally I saud please move aside sir, he gave me a dirty look and stood his ground, so I said to the check out clerk, “here is a five, take out whatever she needs.” Everyone behgind me was now smiling but not the grump in front, he just growled and shoved past the poor woman as he paid for his bottle of guess what??? Yep, booze!!! Maybe he had the shakes. I helped the woman whose name was Betty outside but learned she took the bus and thats why she could only buy a few things at a time. So, I took her to Dennys for lunch and then to her home. I offered to pick her up every week and take her shopping with me… I now have a new friend.

Charleen (Chatty) Micheles, USA

“Installing” love in your heart

I received this from a friend of mine and loved it…hope you do too…Jerilynne “MamaRed”

Technical Support: Yes, … how can I help you?

Customer: Well, after much consideration, I’ve decided to install Love. Can you guide me through the process?

Tech Support: Yes. I can help you. Are you ready to proceed?

Customer: Well, I’m not very technical, but I think I’m ready. What do I do first?

Tech Support: The first step is to open your Heart. Have you located your Heart?

Customer: Yes, but there are several other programs running now. Is it okay to install Love while they are running?

Tech Support: What programs are running ?

Customer: Let’s see, I have Past Hurt, Low Self-Esteem, Grudge and Resentment running right now.

Tech Support: No problem, Love will gradually erase Past Hurt from your current operating system. It may remain in your permanent memory but it will no longer disrupt other programs. Love will eventually override Low Self-Esteem with a module of its own called High Self-Esteem. However, you have to completely turn off Grudge and Resentment. Those programs prevent Love from being properly installed. Can you turn those off ?

Customer: I don’t know how to turn them off. Can you tell me how?

Tech Support: With pleasure. Go to your start menu and invoke Forgiveness. Do this as many times as necessary until Grudge and Resentment have been completely erased.

Customer: Okay, done! Love has started installing itself. Is that normal?

Tech Support: Yes, but remember that you have only the base program. You need to begin connecting to other Hearts in order to get the upgrades.

Customer: Oops! I have an error message already. It says, “Error – Program not run on external components.” What should I do?

Tech Support: Don’t worry. It means that the Love program is set up to run on Internal Hearts, but has not yet been run on your Heart. In non-technical terms, it simply means you have to Love yourself before you can Love others.

Customer: So, what should I do?

Tech Support: Pull down Self-Acceptance; then click on the following files: Forgive-Self; Realize Your Worth; and Acknowledge your Limitations.

Customer: Okay, done.

Tech Support: Now, copy them to the “My Heart” directory. The system will overwrite any conflicting files and begin patching faulty programming. Also, you need to delete Verbose Self-Criticism from all directories and empty your Recycle Bin to make sure it is completely gone and never comes back.

Customer: Got it. Hey! My heart is filling up with new files. Smile is playing on my monitor and Peace and Contentment are copying themselves all over My Heart. Is this normal?

Tech Support: Sometimes. For others it takes awhile, but eventually everything gets it at the proper time. So Love is installed and running. One more thing before we hang up. Love is Freeware. Be sure to give it and its various modules to everyone you meet. They will in turn share it with others and return some cool modules back to you.

Customer: Thank you, God.

A run through the rain

A little girl had been shopping with her Mom in Target. She must have been 6 years old, this beautiful red haired, freckle faced image of innocence. It was pouring outside. The kind of rain that gushes over the top of rain gutters, so much in a hurry to hit the earth it has no time to flow down the spout. We all stood there under the awning and just inside the door of the Target.

We waited, some patiently, others irritated because nature messed up their hurried day. I am always mesmerized by rainfall. I got lost in the sound and sight of the heavens washing away the dirt and dust of the world. Memories of running, splashing so carefree as a child came pouring in as a welcome reprieve from the worries of my day.

The little voice was so sweet as it broke the hypnotic trance we were all caught in “Mom let’s run through the rain,” she said.

“What?” Mom asked

“Let’s run through the rain!” She repeated.

“No, honey. We’ll wait until it slows down a bit,” Mom replied.

This young child waited about another minute and repeated: ” Mom , let’s run through the rain.”

“We’ll get soaked if we do,” Mom said.

“No, we won’t, Mom. That’s not what you said this morning,” the young girl said as she tugged at her Mom’s arm.
“This morning? When did I say we could run through the rain and not get wet?”

“Don’t you remember? When you were talking to Daddy about his cancer, you said, ‘If God can get us through this, he can get us through anything!”

The entire crowd stopped dead silent. I swear you couldn’t hear anything but the rain. We all stood silently. No one came or left in the next few minutes.

Mom paused and thought for a moment about what she would say. Now some would laugh it off and scold her for being silly. Some might even ignore what was said. But this was a moment of affirmation in a young child’s life. A time when innocent trust can be nurtured so that it will bloom into faith

“Honey, you are absolutely right. Let’s run through the rain. If GOD let’s us get wet, well maybe we just needed washing,” Mom said..

Then off they ran. We all stood watching, smiling and laughing as they darted past the cars and yes, through the puddles. They held their shopping bags over their heads just in case. They got soaked. But they were followed by a few who screamed and laughed like children all the way to their cars.

And yes, I did. I ran. I got wet. I needed washing.

Circumstances or people can take away your material possessions, they can take away your money, and they can take away your health. But no one can ever take away your precious memories … So, don’t forget to make time and take the opportunities to make memories everyday. To everything there is a season and a time to every purpose under heaven.

I HOPE YOU STILL TAKE THE TIME TO RUN THROUGH THE RAIN.

Sent by a friend in a coaching group…don’t forget to run through the rain!

love and light, hugs and blessings
Jerilynne “MamaRed”

Galena has the sweetest shopkeepers

Last week, my husband and I took a road trip to Galena, Illinois to celebrate our 2nd anniversary. We had spent our first one there, enjoying a wonderful Bed & Breakfast and decided we positively MUST have some of the raspberry wine we enjoyed so much. So we bundle ourselves into the car and set off for the 2.5 hour road trip through the most beautiful rolling countryside. It looked like a Norman Rockwell picture…all rolling hills and farmlands and beautiful land starting to “green up” for the springtime.

My husband and I love to talk to the folks in the stores…this town has tons of little specialty shops…from popcorn to trinkets to t-shirts to chocolates. And many are staffed by the owners who, of course, want their businesses to succeed.

While walking along, commenting on the beautiful sunny day, I saw an adorable pair of red shoes in the window and thought maybe, if I was really lucky, they would have a pair in my size and they would fit. I started talking to the woman about them, then explained about my foot problems (bunions, neuromas, tarsal tunnel, the whole lot and large to boot!) and she said “oh sweetie, I don’t have have them in your size, why don’t you try on this other pair? I don’t think that pair will work well for you because of the bunion. And I know what I’m talking about since I have one too.” I tried on the shoe and it was cute, not quite like the pair I saw and still cute. She spent a great deal of time explaining why this would be a better shoe and that she would be happy to order it in the color I wanted and have it shipped to my home. I wasn’t really that thrilled about the shoe, even tho she was probably right. I decided to look at sandals and she suggested the one she was wearing. Not only did she suggest it, she offered to let me try on the pair she had ordered for herself so I could see if it fit. And it did! Which is a real rarity for me. She ended up selling me her shoes for 25% off! She said it would be easy enough for her to get another pair from the company and that way I didn’t need to pay shipping. The whole time, the 3 of of us (me, her and my husband) were joking and laughing and cutting up and having a great time.

As we continued walking and gawking, we found a place to get my hubby a ball cap…and when we commented on a balm they had there that was supposed to keep bugs off (mosquitos seem to love me…ouch), the woman behind the counter said “oh yes, it really works great. I used it while out picking raspberries and didn’t get a bit. I’m sure you’ll love it!”. Once again, we chatted with this kind woman, sharing moments and jokes and fun.

Then it was off to the popcorn shop. What a hoot! What chaos! What fun! People were crowded in everywhere, looking at and exclaiming over all the different types of popcorn, grabbing for bags, squishing around tight corners. And all the while the owner sounded like the most adorable carnie I’ve ever heard. “In my shop, you can sample anything, all you need do is ask. That’s it, that’s how I run my shop.” And he or one of the youngsters their (his sons) would start passing out samples of one flavor or another or sharing the latest batch out of the kettle. It was a riot, we were both laughing and giggling and the whole store had a carnival atmosphere. Customers were laughing and smiling at each other …total strangers sharing a light moment. It was so wonderful!

Then we stopped by the little chocolate shop we had discovered during our first trip. Now this is a slice of heaven for a chocoholic like my hubby. Now I like chocolate, and especially good chocolate like this and he practically swoons over it! The year before, this beautiful powerful joyful woman had shared how she loved to take trips to various locales to find the best chocolates…you could tell she positively loved what she got to do in this phase of her life! We picked a variety of different truffles and chocolates…lavender, chili, wine flavored. Oh heaven. She would describe each one and then she suddenly handed us one of her favorites as a gift. Wow!!!!!!!!! How kind…how generous…how amazing. She even described one that sounded so good…and she had set it back to take home since it was the last one. When we said it sounded so nummy, she immediately let us buy it instead of her getting to enjoy its yumminess after the shop closed.

What a wonderful trip and a great way to celebrate with each other and with the folks in Galena! (And no, we didn’t get the raspberry wine, darn it, they didn’t have any! And we bought some other super tasting bottles to try!)

Jerilynne “MamaRed” Knight
Chicago, IL USA

It’s never too far to give it a try

It was a grey and chilly morning somewhere at a beach near the Mediterranean Sea in Italy. A woman was running along the shore, not only to do her workout, also to find some calmness and fresh air at the seaside. At some distance she saw a couple walking hand in hand, and apparently enjoying the clear morning at the ocean too. When she passed them they greeted each other with a smile. She continued running and a few minutes later, with the couple already out of sight, she stopped. A car key which was lost in the sand had attracted her attention. She looked around her. However, there was nobody else around who could have been a possible car owner. The only people she had met had been that couple a bit earlier. Since it was early inthe year and not many people use to go to the beach at that time, she decided to give it a try anyway. Although where she had seen them was the opposite direction she was going, she ran all the way back, hoping to find thecouple again. After a while she did see them. When she reached them, she asked if it was their key she just had found. Instinctively the man checked first his trouser pocket and immediately realized it was really him who had lost his car key. Very happy and grateful she had found and brought them their key back, he said: “We had an angel with us this morning, thank you so much!”

Silke, Munich, Germany