Service helps the heart

sparrow dress v2

Sometimes it feels so silly putting these photos up and saying “this is what I wore today,” but I’ve been doing it for a year and a half, so I guess why stop now? Plus I totally love that sweater I’m wearing and I wanted to wear the shoes, so this is what I came up with. I also did those loose braids, which I haven’t done in years. Also I haven’t worn this dress in forever. The weather was around 32 degrees F today, so of course it felt like springtime and I just had to wear something a little lighter than usual.

Something great happened to me yesterday afternoon, and I wanted to share:

I am a worrier and a chronic over-thinker and sometimes I create entire problems that don’t exist with people I know. Even though I’m aware that it’s probably just made up in my head, I can’t forget about it when I’m around that person and tend to treat them accordingly. Anyway, I decided to get over the perceived injustices and participate in an activity at which said person would be present. At first, it was a little bit hard on the heart (it usually is when you want to dislike someone you know you shouldn’t), but I ended up realizing that I really don’t care about my imaginary problem and finally managed to get over it.

As you may suppose, I felt way better.

THEN, I was driving home from said activity and as I was nearing my neighborhood, a song I really like came on the radio. I was feeling awfully good about myself and the song was helping, so instead of turning onto my street, I decided to turn around and go to the store across the street to buy some Oreos and take them to my mom (since she had mentioned wanting some).

WELL, I was about to have two good-deeds done (sucking up my issues and being kind PLUS Oreos for my mother), when I pulled into a parking spot and a lady came up to me and asked me if I had jumper cables. I did of course (usually my car’s the one that needs them) and let her use both them and my battery to help start their little yellow bug.

I didn’t feel like it was anything special–I mean, I didn’t even do anything! They just had me stay in the the car while one of the men there did most of the work. Afterward, I was about to walk into the store when the woman came up to me and said how much she appreciated what I did for them. The girls with her all chorused in agreement. I was so surprised! I just felt like it was what anyone one do, and I was so happy to help (helping others really does give you a high)–but their gratitude made it so much better.

And then she shook my hand and handed me a folded bill, insisted I take it and hurried me off. When I went into the store, I looked and realized she gave me $20. Twenty dollars! When I came back out, they were gone and I was left with two packs of double-stuffed Oreos (one for me and for my mom), $20 and some serious warmfuzzies (best part)–none of which would have happened if I hadn’t finally decided to suck up my self-pity in the first place.

Feels good.

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