Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Inspiration in Unlikely Places

Let’s face it, life can be rough. Sometimes we all need a little boost to help “fix” our attitude and get us through another day. Oddly enough, these little tidbits are usually found when you least expect them and in the most unlikely of places.

You know what I mean, you come around a corner and there it is, right there on a billboard – or what seems like a billboard to you at that moment – some little clip that just makes everything right with your spirit, even when you’re struggling hard in the battle of the day. Maybe you’re flipping through a magazine and a phrase leaps from the page and directly into your consciousness to soothe the weary soul. Regardless of where you find it, it’s never when you’re looking for it. 

Not long ago, I ran face first, almost literally, into my inspiration, but you’ll never guess where - the ladies’ room. Yep, THE most unlikely place. No, it wasn’t some witty jingle scrawled on a stall wall with black Sharpie. It was this lovely formatted decal with foil words and golden feathers floating around it to enhance the ethereal ambiance….yes, I was still in the ladies’ room, which is never a place I would have considered ethereal before that moment. 

My family and I had just visited my mother in a nursing facility where she was moved about a month and a half after a severe stroke. On our way home, we stopped at a restaurant that had close family ties, but was now under new management and was sporting a spiffy, new renovation. It was one of those days where I was overjoyed that my mother was doing well, all things considered, but was heartbroken by her condition and how far removed she was from her recent vitality. My spirit needed a boost and my attitude needed some serious adjusting. Before heading back out to the car to begin our 90-minute trek home, I stopped in the restroom. As I opened the door and stepped in, there it was – you could almost hear the angels signing when it stopped me dead in my tracks. 

“Live every minute with love in your heart, grace in your step, and gratitude in your soul.”

How can you argue with that? It says it all with such simplicity that it’s awe inspiring. I was dumbstruck by the elegance. So much so that I did something one should never do….pulled out a camera in the bathroom (GASP). Before I go on, let me just tell you how much I abhor the bathroom selfies, but this was NOT a selfie moment (thankfully!). 

The phrase graced the wall adjacent to the ladies’ room door with no other embellishment. It was given its own space, which would have been stark if it weren’t so poignant. The decal’s location made taking the photo less distasteful. Even though it goes against my grain - bathroom photos, I mean – I’m glad I did it. To this day, I will dig through my phone’s photo gallery to re-read that phrase when I need a little uplifting. 

Since I can’t credit an individual for the quote, I will simply say thank you to Willie & Red’s in Hagerstown, Indiana for enhancing their ladies’ room and subsequently my day/life with this lovely sentiment. 

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