I was sitting in Panera writing and there was this cute older couple to my right in the corner. When I say older I’m almost 54 so they are my elders. I’m not saying they are old, just want to clarify. The man was talking rather loudly and he was animated, using his hands gesturing and really intent. The woman reached across the table took his hands and said, “Let’s be BOLD and COURAGEOUS!” He laughed and almost shouted, “Let’s DO IT!”
YES! I thought to myself and ME TOO! Of course I had no idea what they were talking about. I just got caught up in their conversation from across the room. They drew me in with the words bold, courageous and let’s do it! I couldn’t help but agree.
I get excited when I hear people excited about something. I didn’t have a clue what they were excited about it could have been light fixtures for all I know. Their excitement was contageous and I was IN no matter what it was.
Have you ever been drawn into someone else’s excitement? Did it ignite a fire in you? Did it spur you into action? YES, for me on all counts.
These sweet folks at Panera had no idea that they encouraged me just be being in the same place at the same time. They gained my attention and curiosity which lead to my excitement.
When they left the gentleman stood up, she waited, he pulled out her chair and helped her put her coat on. He put her hand in the crook of his arm and she winked at me as they walked out.
They had absolutely charmed me. I wanted to follow them and tell them but I didn’t. I wasn’t afraid I just didn’t want to break the moment. I watched them walk to their car. He opened her door and waited for her to get settled inside. He shut the door, walked around to the driver’s side and drove away. It was a magical and romantic moment. I was so encouraged by it.
My wonderful husband John does these beautiful gestures for me and I love it. It reminds me that I’m loved, treasured and cherised. It’s him putting his love for me into action. Isn’t that what love is? Not just saying “I love you” but putting it into action so you know you are loved.
10 THINGS TO ENCOURAGE YOU (YES, YOU!)
- YOU make this world a better place.
- You can be happy!
- There’s no one else who could ever take your place.
- The word “can’t” doesn’t exist in your vocabulary!
- When you think you are at your wits end, take a breath it will be OK.
- You are BRILLIANT!
- What would I do without YOU?
- You are never alone.
- You were born to be GREAT. It’s a process and it takes time. You will get there.
- Always remember, you are a super star!
I thouroughly loved those precious minutes at Panera. Whenever I think of them now I will remember the words: bold, courageous and let’s do it. When I hear those words I will think of them and their devotion to each other. I will also remember that wink like we were sharing a special secret.
Their excitement was contagious but what really drew me to them in the first place was their absolute adoration for each other. I had no doubt that they were a unit and they were still very much in love. I know I made a lot of assumptions but this is my story so I’m going with them being 75ish, married over 50 plus years and still crazy for each other.
John and I have been married for thirty-one years and I hope we can spark excitement in others when we are older. To give the younger generation something to write and talk about. To be an example of a life long love. A legacy to our children, grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. I want them to say that we loved whole heartedly. That we were devoted to each other.
I know I’m “old-fashioned.” My mother used to call me an old soul, that I should have been born in an earlier time. The problem with that is I would have to give up indoor plumbing and modern technology. I appreciate and am grateful for all that I have in this century.
I believe there are several things we can take from this special moment:
- Be BOLD and COURAGEOUS – be brave to take risks at any age
- Let’s do it! – Go for it what’s the worse that could happen?
- Always love, treasure and cherish all the people that matter most to you. Don’t let an opportunity go by that you don’t tell them how wonderful they are and what they mean to you.
I know this, I was sitting by myself in Panera and these two sweet people inspired me and had no idea that they had done it. I am thankful for the chance encounter and to have witnessed such unconditional love in action.
I hope you found this blog post touching, exciting and encouraging. I appreciate you and your comments. Let me know what you think! I wish you all the best and look forward to hearing from you. Have an amazing day and always know you are loved. Take Care, Shelly