Priorities differ from day to day. Some days, our busy-ness causes us to lose perception, and worthy goals get left behind when we hurry too fast. On one particular out-of-control day, my sister’s distracted thought processes caused her to lose clarity.
Judy had rushed around doing housework, running errands, buying new tires for the car. By the end of the day she was exhausted, but she had a Boy Scout preparation function that evening. She had to go to the grocery store.
She purchased a cart full of groceries for her family of eight, paid for them and headed toward the car with the grocery boy following her. She darted in and out of cars so quickly that he couldn’t keep up with her. She arrived at her car before he did, got in, slammed the door and drove off. There he stood in bewilderment with her groceries, watching her speed away.
She arrived home, rushed in the house and said to her sons, “Would you please hurry and bring the groceries in and put them away?”
They obediently went to the car, but returned empty handed.
“Mom, there are no groceries in the car,” they said.
“What do you mean? I just bought eight bags of groceries,” she said. But then, with a smile of embarrassment, she was able to put her thoughts together and realize what happened.
Judy went back to the store to pick up her waiting food items. The grocery boy told her that he had never seen anything as funny as watching her drive away, leaving him holding the cart of groceries.
When our family reminisces, we often recall with hilarity Judy’s grocery store experience. When we told the story to our father, he laughed so hard we thought he was going to have a heart attack. Dad grew up when life moved at a slower tempo. He was a deep thinker, a poet. “Marveling at a flower” often took precedence in his daily activities. His advice to us would probably have been, “Slow down. Don’t let your actions get ahead of your thoughts. Contemplate that which is of worth.”