I just made my (let me get out my calendar) **biannual** (albeit always random) trip to the dollar store. The customers it attracted were as cheap and out of place as the products that lined the shelves.
I stood in line behind a woman that looked like Naomi Campbell, at least I think she looked like that – I couldn’t tell because she was roughly the weight of 3 head of cattle. (You can check my no-nonsense weight loss program here!)
With no cart or basket, her hands tightly grasped the merchandise – none of which were critical to her existence – yet she blurted out, “There’s only one register open? Somebody better call for backup!” Apparently, she overlooked the fact that she was in the DOLLAR STORE…and there were only two people in front of her.”
I glanced forward towards the cashier. She was also not starved for food, an appearance she masked with massive fake eyelash lashes (employee discount?)
The woman behind me grabbed a vase that was left on the endcap. “Oh, wow – it’s only plastic, I thought it was glass,” She said.
And that was my moment of clarity, enough to remind me not to shop at the dollar store for some 730 days. Let the counter begin.
THE CHALLENGE: Maybe it’s time to make the call. Not the call for more cashiers so you can buy more fake eyelashes, food, and imitation vases in less than half the time so you can then go to another store and consume more crap you don’t need. Make the call to have less. To be still. To gain some self-awareness. To be aware of those around you. To be conscious of the world you live in. Make the call to be productive. Make the call to educate your mind. Make the call to invigorate your body, and treat it like a temple taking pride in a healthy appearance and glowing countenance. Make the call to not be impatient. If you are stuck in a long line behind a slow cashier, use that time to learn, to reflect, to set goals, to brighten the day of someone behind you, to pick something up off the floor, to pray or meditate, to sing, to make a meaningful phone call or text. In short, make the call to be productive and useful connecting with self, others, and your higher power. The best part is, this call is free!