How Being Present Enriches Lives

I simply smiled and said, “After you” to the older man, as we simultaneously approached the cashier.

“Why would you say that?” he asked with surprise.

“Oh, I was just being polite.” I replied, somewhat startled by his question.

His face dropped from surprise into a deep and gentle place of appreciation. “I thought people stopped doing that 50 years ago. Everyone is in such a rush these days they don’t even see each other.”

Now my face dropped…and my eyes began to water. “Well, I see you.” I said with a chipper, affirming tone.

We both chuckled and made quick small talk around our purchases, then wished each other well.

As I left, I made a silent request to humanity: With all of the advanced technology and life’s vast changes and challenges, I pray that we never stop seeing each other and that we always make time for loving, respectful exchanges.

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  • Beth Hofmann-Davies
    July 13, 2016 - 1:39 am · Reply

    Hi, My name is Beth and I love this story! I was listening to an interview of your dad on YouTube and then I wanted to see what his family looked like because he obviously loves y’all so much and then I found your picture and that you make these lovely greeting cards.! They are so beautiful and make my heart warm and my eyes tear.
    This story is so great! Thank you for sharing it and thank you for creating your beautiful cards! I hope to illustrate kids books and cards eventually. You inspire me to try. Have an awesome day!☺️🌷
    -Beth

  • tarajenelle
    July 14, 2016 - 8:42 pm · Reply

    Thanks Beth–I’m so glad you found your way to my site and that you like Soulebrate greeting cards! Wishing you all the best with illustrating children’s books–you can most definitely do it if you have the passion for it! Love to you, Tara-jenelle 🙂

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