Are You Rich?


So today during my lunch break at work, I was contemplating on a few things that I let happen in my life and things that I would need to accomplish. Many deep thoughts were running through my mind. Things I want and things I need. My past and my future. Suddenly I was approached by an old man. A tall dark spanish man. If I were to guess, he was probably on his late 50’s. He isn’t any of the elderly that lives in the senior home that I work at. He isn’t an employee either. I had no clue who this man was or what he was doing at the employee locker room. He smiled at me so I smiled back. Crickets and awkward silence filled the room.

Suddenly he spoke. He randomly asked me “Are you rich?”. My eyebrows furrowed and I squinted at him. I was a little confused. It was such a random question. If I were an anime, my face would literally be filled with question marks. My initial reaction would be to say “No”. Im not rich. I consider myself a broke college student. With a grin on his face, he went on with asking me questions like, “Aren’t you breathing?” “Didn’t you wake up today?” “Aren’t you happy?” “Didn’t you get to eat today?” “Don’t you have a family that loves you?” …. By this time, I realized where he was going with it. I smiled and I found myself cheerfully yelling “YES! IM RICH!! I am blessed.” We both burst in a state of laughter. And it is indeed a great day.

Im putting this in writing and Im still smiling. Its crazy how even the most random stranger can make a huge impact in your life. Im generally a very appreciative type of person. I appreciate love, support, friendship, and meaningful relationships. Im usually overjoyed by getting a close parking spot at a packed parking lot. I find joy in the company of people I care for. My huge smiles can reach up to my ears in drinking boba tea or eating donuts. My point is, Im happy because I appreciate even the tiniest details of my life.

But when so many things are coming my way all at once; work, school, this and that, and the many more responsibilities I’ve signed myself for, I tend to lose my sense of gratefulness. My mind gets clouded up with things that are not current, things that are not in the present. And I find myself anxious, scared, depressed, troubled, agitated, annoyed, tense, nervous, and uneasy. Anything but peaceful. The incident today made an impact on me because it had put me right back to how i normally am. Happy.

“If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.”
-Lao Tzu

So stop for a brief moment to thank the Lord for the many blessings He has brought into your life. And appreciate even the tiniest details in your life. Im so overjoyed I wanted to share this experience I had today. ❤️ Have a great day everyone!!!


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