The Flying Goddess Inspired!


By Marina Anderson

Marina Anderson, actress, published bestselling author, ordained minister, and spiritual counselor.

Marina Anderson, actress, published bestselling author,
ordained minister, and spiritual counselor.

Sometimes all it takes is a smile or someone offering to open a door when I’m doing a balancing act with an armful of packages or even offering to extend a deadline on something forgotten about to make my day … to feel better about … everything.

If you keep yourself open to inspiration in the smallest forms, it can bring great rewards to your soul, emotions, and physical being.

I found myself in one of those huge warehouse type stores to get just one item I ran out of. The money I saved for the kitty litter per year was more than worth the membership, however I’d groan every time I thought of making the trek, facing the crowds.…

OK … So there I am in line leaning in an exhausted heap over my shopping cart and I began to focus on the three women in front of me. It dawned on me that they appeared to be a mirror image of what my mother, grandmother, and I used to look like and do together when we went shopping. The elder even wore her hair like my “Nana.” Three generations sharing a not-so-glamorous or memorable space in time. Or at least that’s what it felt like at that time in my life. But it was different now. This image hit me. I realized how very special the ordinary was.

I was suddenly emotionally overwhelmed with tears welling up in my eyes. Longing to have another conversation with “Nana” … listening to her broken Italian accent. The three women carried on in their chatter of the day as we shuffled forward slowly in line. I wondered if they knew and appreciated what they had.

It was all I could do to hold my emotions in check, even looking away pretending I had an itchy nose to wipe away the tears that escaped. It was just as I dared to glance back at the trio with a meek smile, the elder said something to her daughter, who shook her head affirming and then spoke to me. What? I apologized; I didn’t know what she meant.

The granddaughter translated. She wanted me to go ahead of them in line. That’s something my Nana would have done. The elder gestured again. I nodded with a big appreciative smile thanking her.

They all smiled back as I repositioned myself in line. Reaching the register, I remembered earlier that day, I received free samples of a great hair product at the beauty supply store. It was from one of the regular sales girls who adored my beloved collie, Lulu, who I used to bring into the store. There were four samples … one for each of them and me too. How perfect was that?

Handing the ladies the little “thank you” samples, I felt complete. They were delighted looking over the packaging, nodding approvingly.

It made my day.

Upon my return home, I phoned up a couple of my “senior” women friends including my mother, to let them know how much they mattered to me.

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