It is what it is!
I have been plagued with virus after virus since returning to teaching in January. Not only is it embarrassing to be signed off sick numerous times when I am usually dependable but extremely scary to look in the mirror and see the facial transformation, reminiscent of an ‘ugly sister’ – a peeling red nose, chapped lips and pimples that are attempting to excrete the pesky germs from my body. Nanny McPhee on a bad day springs to mind. I must admit, for a few weeks, I have felt sorry for myself but no more! Thanks to a young cashier in my local supermarket.
I stood watching my goods lazily sail down the conveyor belt and then panicked as they passed through the machine at double speed needing to be bagged. I hastened to pack them into the ‘still free’ carrier bags when the young girl behind the till gave me a sympathetic smile and said, "Take your time. No need to hurry." I glanced back at the queue of people eagerly awaiting my exit from the building but the cashier insisted on slowing down her zapping of the groceries so I could keep up. Noticing my concern at irritating the other shoppers, the friendly cashier threw me another smile and stated, "Don’t worry: it is what it is!"
On reflection, she was right. Why do we spend so much time worrying about things that we can’t change? It is what it is. I will be forever grateful to that young, wise girl for introducing me to such simple, yet inspirational words. She was definitely a ray of sunshine, when I needed it.
Have you ever been inspired by an act of kindness?