In that moment between awake and asleep I had a memory.
I was a little girl and I had my bike stolen. I was pretty bummed out having to walk while all my friends rode their bikes on our outing that day. While out, I saw my bike parked outside a gas station. My friends and I stood around it. They told me to take it back. But, I waited. I wanted to see who took it. I wanted to know why. So, I waited.
a teenage boy walked out the door, he walked up to the bike and I said “ Hey, I think that’s my bike you took”
He looked at me and explained he needed it to get around that day and would need it for a bit longer.
I listened and told him he could use it. I just requested he leave it somewhere I’d see it when he was done.
The next day my bike was laying in front of the police station in the middle of the town.
If that happened today, I would honestly be too mad to listen. I would not care about the boy’s plans. I would not give him the chance to even given an apology. I think I remembered this memory this morning to remind myself to be kind. Be human. To slow down and listen. To remember to put myself in others shoes. To get back in touch with the child inside myself, who was caring enough to let the boy who stole her bike borrow it for the day while she walked. .
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