It’s the little things.
We often say this when we find joy or gratitude in a seemingly small event or action. The other day, my husband and I decided to become Costco members. This is the first time in 12 years we’ve lived so close to one. Over time, we believe the fees we paid to belong to one will be made up in the money we save buying in bulk.
As I walked up and down the aisles trying not to become overwhelmed by all the choices, I came across the cereal aisle. I paused and looked at the options. Kashi. Three memories popped into my mind as I selected this bulk size box of cereal. Sophie, airplane, Dominican Republic (DR).
The first time I ever ate Kashi was while sitting on an airplane next to my friend, Sophie. I was headed back to the DR with the mission team from the church I attended back in North Carolina. I can still see us sitting there on the plane, 30,000 feet in the air, somewhere between home and the DR. I can still see my friend with that bag of cereal. I can still remember her asking me if I wanted any. Sure…I’ve never had it before.
It’s crazy the things we remember, isn’t it?
Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of The In-Between. It’s a new book coming out next week by Jeff Goins. You might recall me sharing with you last year about his first book Wrecked. The ideas Jeff talks about in his newest book are ones that deeply resonate with me. As he illustrates beautifully in his book, it’s the moments of waiting that end up meaning the most and end up shaping and growing us the most.
As I read his book, I kept recalling one moment in time. It was a moment I shared with a little girl in the DR as our team sat in a dark house and waited for the downpour of rain to let up so we could attend church. Here are the original words I wrote about the moment:
I learned at one point on the trip to simply “be still”. One team member actually challenged us earlier in the week to do this and I was faced with the opportunity when pouring rain came and we were forced to be still in Pastor Morales’ house waiting for the rain to let up. At first, I was so uncomfortable. How were we going to fill the time? I learned that despite a language barrier, I shared some very precious moments with a little girl just by being still for a while. Laughter is the same in every language.
There’s an expression we learned down in the DR… “Dominican time.” The Dominican people are not so hung up on watching the clock. For me, someone who tends to like clocks and punctuality, this was the weirdest thing to experience. Yet, I absolutely loved it! Each time I traveled to the DR, I was forced to live more in the moment instead of always looking ahead to the next moment. It was beautiful!
At times, it’s still a struggle for me to live in the moment and to embrace the wait. Yet when I do, I never regret it. And my life becomes that much richer because of it.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I think I’ll go fill up my coffee mug and pour myself a big bowl of Kashi!
Please take moment and check out this great trailer for Jeff’s new book The In-Between and find out more details on how to order your copy.