On the evening of a day that was hotter than Hades, I found myself making an emergency run to the pharmacy for some necessities. Â Going to CVS at 8:30 at night was not my idea of a good time.
But as I got to the checkout line and swiped my card, I happened to look up. Â Outside was an absolutely glorious sunset, the kind that takes your breath away. Â Because of the huge plate-glass windows and the wide parking lot outside, Â there was nothing blocking my line of vision. Â It was like having a front-row orchestra seat on nature’s best performance.
“That’s a really beautiful sky,” I said to the cashier.
She made a friendly and noncommittal noise, as if she hadn’t really heard what I’d said but still wanted to be polite. Â Then she turned and saw the sky. Â â€œOh, wow, you’re right,” she said, and together we both gazed at it. Â We commented on the unobstructed view: we probably had the best seats in town, as good a view as you could get inside.
She thanked me several times for pointing it out to her. Â I realized I was very glad that I had .
It’s something I try to cultivate, this sort of mindfulness. Â It certainly makes my life happier when I notice and savor the beauty that is all around me. Â But I realized that night that it’s worth sharing the awareness, too, even if the other person is a total stranger and you have no idea whether they will even care.
That person just might be hungry for some transcendance, too; you never know.Â And if they are, it’s very nice to be able to help them find it.