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Words from a Stranger

Words from a stranger inspired me to put together this image and share this post.
It’s time to “let your heart lead the way” . . .

Let Your Heart Lead the Way - quote photography desert My Desert Love Blog & Designs


It was a day of volunteering at the Big Bend Ranch State Park’s Visitors Center.
I walked in and a lady in purple was perusing the book shelves and there was a pile of merchandise on the counter. An exciting sight for the merchandiser in me. We struck up a conversation and before I knew it, her inquiring mind wanted to know . . .
“So what’s your background?”

Why does that question make me wince inwardly?
Probably because once I tell them in my previous life I was an urbanite . . . that once upon a time my plan was to teach merchandising in higher education . . . the inevitable response . . .
“Merchandising here? In the desert?” Raised eyebrows and chuckles.
I just smile and shrug and say, “Yeah, you know . . . “trailing off.
What more is there to say?

To this lady with the enthusiastic gestures and kind eyes, I went ahead and added, “It seems pretty frivolous now, I know. What was I hoping to contribute? Now at least I have children, so I am doing my part that way. Merchandising was just easy and fun, I guess.”
I ramble and shrug. Wondering why I kept talking. My self-doubt sounding ridiculous even to my own ears. What did I expect her to say? Maybe she’ll nod and heartily agree with my foolish choices, for my superficial passions that were all for naught . . . and then . . .

She shakes her head and frowns slightly.

“No. I don’t think so at all. People need things to look appealing, to capture their attention, to make them think and realize something they didn’t notice before. . . “

She explains her background and her involvement and leadership in volunteer programs. Her awareness of her weaknesses, but also her awareness that some things desperately need tweaking, on the marketing, design side of things. It is this awareness that makes her appreciate the skills in marketing, in merchandising, in people who are sensitive to aesthetics and how to deliver a cohesive message by consistent branding.

And she’s looking at me and says, “You are doing it here.”
To me.
And so I find myself mimicking her nod.

I am. “So, I have found my niche and I am merchandising it.” My words are hesitant. I feel some relief. I don’t know why I need to be reminded that what I do mattered. That my past pursuits plays a part in my today and will continue into my tomorrows.

With raised eyebrows and hands waving for emphasis, “Yes, you have a message and it is clear. Your cards are adorable and unique and it is a good message. It needs to be seen and responded to. At least that’s my take on it.”

“Yes. I guess I’m not just selling Prada high heels that I can’t wear. It’s a message that I believe in. Thank you.” I feel that appreciation, hours later it sits glowing inside of me.

So, I opened my Word document and started typing. What I have learned in motherhood, is the passing of days accelerates faster than all my “shouldas” can ever keep up. #DoItNow – Can you believe I have found a hashtag that resonates with me? I would never have seen that coming. Life is full of surprises and today was a big one for me, in more ways than one.

I met a stranger and she left an imprint. Her words are glowing treasures. Our time was so brief in the grand span of things. Our paths may never cross again, but her words made a difference to me. In the moment, in the now, she passed on some good words. Words that I was not conscious of needing. Somehow they mean even more coming from a stranger. Coming from someone who is not aware of my past or present, but somehow has eyes on my future.

Today the words from a Lady in Purple clarified my self-worth, setting me free of my self-doubt.

And I’m Feeling Good.

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  1. September 24, 2015    

    That song is the theme song to my life’s movie. 🙂 Loved this, thank you for sharing your story!

  2. September 6, 2015    

    I love random meetings with strangers that leave you walking away feeling uplifted and with a new perspective on things. Great post and great message. We should all value what we do and retain our self worth.

    • September 6, 2015    

      So appreciate your encouraging feedback. There I go with my feeling of uncertainty – it does feel cathartic to share, so I’m going to hold on to that and not worry so much. There you go making a stranger “feel good!”

  3. September 4, 2015    

    It’s so amazing when life, God, destiny -or whatever you believe in- suddenly speaks to you through the mouth of a stranger. What a lovely post!

    • September 4, 2015    

      Fabiola – thank you. I really appreciate the feedback. Blogging has a way to making me feel bipolar – excited and apprehensive all at the same time. Appreciate you stopping in with your encouraging words!

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