It was a day like any other.
Well not really. Actually, not at all. I was going to see the epic movie, Frozen in 3D. And lets be clear...that doesn't happen every day. After the movie me and my girl Tara were on our way home.
It was a ride like any other.
Destiny's Child and TLC roared out the speakers. We rolled the windows down and shamelessly sang every word with conviction. "I don't want to go home yet! We are having way too much fun," Tara yelled. I took this as my cue and whipped into 711 for a slurpee.
We ran into 711 like two kids in a candy shop. Two loud kids. Very loud kids.
We laughed as we tried on the super sexy hunting hats and loudly made our way over to the slurpees. We laughed even harder as we fumbled our way through the life altering decision of the night...coke or blue raspberry?
We then heard a man yell across the store, "You girls are having fun, huh?"
I was sure he thought we were on some sort of...illegal substance so I yelled back, "Yea! We just watched the movie, Frozen." (After it rolled of my tongue I instantly regretted not dropping Destiny's Child or TLC as the source of our laughter. It may have sounded less...like we were two years old.)
We continued with our slurpee preparation and next thing we knew the same man was shaking our hands, introducing himself, saying we were making his night. This struck me as a little odd but we continued with our ambivalent laughing spree and made our way over to the checkout counter.
"I want to buy their drinks," the man said to the cashier.
Alarms in my head started going off like fireworks on the 4th of July. (I watch too many Lifetime flicks.)
We resisted, but he insisted, and we appreciatively gave in.
He then proceeded to tell us something. English was his second language, so it was hard to understand everything at first. Although we heard enough to both have our stomachs drop. Tara followed him outside and I asked the others around us to clarify what he said.
"He said that he was going to jump in front of a train tonight, and you guys changed his mind."
I ran outside just in time to meet a shocked Tara and the teary eyed man who was jumping in his car. We were reeling trying to put all of the pieces together.
"You guys are my angels. Thank you," he yelled as he drove off.
The moment was so shocking. And so telling.
It was shocking because we often go through lives in our own world, forgetting that we are affecting everyone else around us. For better of worse. It reminded me how we influence every space we are in. We often remember this truth when making life altering decisions or when we are in serious situations. But what if your essence changed every space you were in? What if you molecularly and physically changed every environment you were in?
It also reminded me that our lens is a choice. He could have walked in and thought, "those girls are terribly annoying." Instead he chose to see hope. Joy. Love.
So, I'm committed to never underestimate the power of my essence. In every moment. And the power of my lens. I choose to see hope.
We can't do it alone,