In one of the breaks between our daily tornado watch/flash flood/hail storms yesterday, I dashed out to Whole Foods so that we'd have something for dinner. We're sort of down to the canned beans because the weather is so terrible.
I went to check out, and as I walked up to the register, the checker, a man about my age or a little older, I am guessing, said : "Are you ok? Is your house flooded?" He had sincere concern on his face - and I was really taken by surprise - pleasant surprise. It isn't often that that sort of thing happens when you're just buying groceries. I told him yes, it was fine, and we started chatting about Wimberley and all the devastation there. I told him I was having a retreat there in a few weeks and was just beyond heartbroken for that community and the families of the missing people.
He put his hand on his chest and he said, "I know - I lost my mom in Katrina - so I know first hand how hard that is."
I was in shock. I started telling him how sorry I was - that I can't even imagine how awful that must have been.
He reached over and patted my hand and said "It's okay - it's okay - she's an angel now" with the biggest smile on his face, and genuine peace.
As I'm taking my things, he says to me "Tonight I will go home and light a karma candle for all those people and for all the people traveling to your retreat."
As soon as I was outside the store, I called the manager and asked for his name, so that I could send him a card.
I told my friends, that sometimes, in moments like these, if you can look past the hipsters and the high rise condos and the politicians, you can almost still see Austin around here. More often than not, I have Whole Foods to thank for those experiences, because as I said in this post - they value the human spirit and our quirky, Austin culture, and it shows.
I decided that I would like to see this man have his good karma come back to him.
Will you help me?
If you help me, I will give one of you the You've Got This stamp sets from the upcoming catalog. I picked this one because it says "Good things are going to happen."
Good things ARE going to happen. And probably when you least expect it. Like in the checkout line at Whole Foods on a rainy day.
All you have to do is send a card to this gentleman. Just tell him that word of his kindness got out.
Let's see how far it goes.
Send him your best wishes. Tell him some crazy lady who needed kale in a thunderstorm told you about him. Tell him thanks for making the world a better place, one good wish at a time. Tell him whatever you want, but just send him a card. Do it today. You never know what will happen tomorrow.
c/o Whole Foods Market,
4301 W. William Cannon Dr. #800
Austin, TX 78749
Once you send a card, leave me a comment telling me you did (and karma will know!), and I'll draw a winner.
Heck - I'll draw TWO winners. :)
Your card has to be mailed by this weekend, and I'll pick the winners on Monday. Deal?
It's the little things.
Speaking of little - I have a very little video for you today with a very big (for me anyway) revelation in it about how to best use this Floral Wings host set. Here's the card I made for Damian:
here's the video with the revelation - it's a quick one!
(Make sure you watch in HD :) )
Now go make a card and mail it to Damian.
Do it now. Laundry can wait.