You never know where you are going to learn something spiritual!
I was in the Water Depot on the weekend, getting our jug filled with alkaline water.
Just a regular thing to do on a Saturday.
I was standing by my jug watching the level rise, when an older man approached me and started a conversation.
He asked me about my choice of alkaline water over reverse osmosis.
I remarked on how there were many health benefits to alkaline water.
He responded by telling me about how he had 4 bouts with cancer and that, cancer cannot grow in your body if you are alkaline.
I was amazed that he looked so good for having overcome cancer!
He said the radiation left him hard of hearing and with some vision issues, but other than that, he felt great!
I told him he looked good, he said he was 80 years old!
I gave him a pat on the shoulder for being a fighter and wished him a great weekend.
I capped my bottle and was on my way.
Here's what I learned. (It happens.)
This man was a stranger yet he initiated a conversation with enthusiasm.
He was excited to talk about something he had experienced that was wonderful and horrible at the same time.
He captured my attention.
He shared with an authenticity that drew me in.
I left with something added to my life, an appreciation of alkaline water and living a healthy life plus inspiration from having encountered someone who went through something very difficult and had a positive attitude.
As a radio host and as a Christian person, there are many lessons here!
1. Be ready to use any and all situations to be an encouragement and a positive influence.
Sometimes we just want to get things done or get where we are going and forget about the people we encounter along the way. The cashier, the other driver, the man on the street playing road hockey with his kids. They are in your path for a reason. Be open to taking time to say hello or give them a shout out.
2. Share your passion.
Excitement cannot be faked. If you don't believe in something, no one else will believe you when you tell them about it. This man's word had the ring of experience behind them. He left a mark on me, and probably the next guy in line behind me!
3. Your story is worth sharing.
We all have a story. My grandma watched a lot of TV, and she always called a show "a story". She would shout "Put a story on!!" We watch stories on TV, hear about them in the news and read stories in books. You have one. More than that, you can write your own ending! The man I met wrote a different ending to his story than what the doctors told him!
4. Leave people with something good!
You may meet someone once in your life and never encounter them again. Think about that! They may chat with seven negative people before they get to you, you can disrupt the pattern with enthusiasm and joy!
I got more than water that day, I got a refreshing drink of optimism!
How about you?