Not that long ago, I had been shopping in Wal-mart. Once I had collected all of my "needful things" I headed to the check-out. There was a couple in front of me and as I waited to place my items on the belt, I realized that some of the gentleman's item had been left on the end instead of the belt itself and, therefore, were not moving forward. Unsure as to whether or not he wanted these items, I didn't want to assume and start piling on my things.
So I asked him, "Excuse me, Sir? Did you mean to put these on the belt?"
He: "Oh, yes. I'm sorry about that."
Me: "That's okay. Here, let me help you."
I then assisted him in getting the remaining items onto the belt, then turned toward my cart and began to unload my things, when he asked me, "So, how are you today?"
Me: "I'm doing great, thank you? And yourself?" I turned to retrieve more items.
He: "I'm blessed."
I spun back around and looked at him. "Did you say, 'blessed'?" I asked.
He nodded: "Yes, I did."
Me: "What a great answer! You know, if we all stopped to think about it, we would all answer that way."
He smiled and nodded in agreement. His things were totalled, he bid me a good day, and he and the woman he was with were on their way. But part of him remained with me. Did you ever meet someone, even for a brief moment and they left a part of themselves with you? You take that small piece and tuck it safely inside. Over time, it is absorbed into your very essence, your DNA and, with
luck God's blessing, it becomes a part of you, yet ready to be left with someone else.
This is how it was with this man. I will never forget him because in that minute and a half that we spoke, he taught me what it really means to see clearly. Yes, I am blessed. Regardless of the never-ending To-do list, the children whom I cannot catch a break, the husband who sometimes "bugs me", the bills, the mess, the chaos, the static. In fact, I am not blessed in spite of it but because of it. Yes, I AM BLESSED.
Who was this man? This man who just happened to forget some of his items on the end of the beltway. This man who asked me a simple question and returned mine with a profound answer. This man who had vision beyond the here & now. This man who summed up his life in one simple word - Blessed. And this man who held a cane in his hand - a cane that was white with a red tip. This man...
...was blind. And yet I've never met anyone with a clearer focus.