Monday, May 20, 2013

Walking through Walmart

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It is funny how so many realizations about people happen at Walmart.  You see so many different people and our eyes are opened to so many different things.  Well, I had my own realization about people a few weeks ago.  As I walked through the doors, I realized something rather significant:


No one in that store knew my story.

Unless I happened to run into a neighbor or friend, not a single person knew about my little Joshua and the pain I have been through the past few months. It was a strange feeling.  It seems like since my whole world was shaken like a 10-point earthquake that everyone in the whole world should have felt something!  But the truth is, not everyone in the world knows and I can't expect them to unless I tell them.

With that came another conclusion...I didn't know anything about anyone in that store either.  There very well could have been another young mom who just buried her baby within the last few months as well!  There could be someone fighting cancer. There could be someone who has lost their job and they don't know how they are going to pay for the purchases they need. I didn't know anything.

It made me want to treat people better.  It made me want to try to brighten someone's day, even if it was just a little smile or letting them go first in the check out line.  It made me see people differently.

The truth is we all have hard times.  We all have bad days and bad hours.  We all go through times that we could use a little bit of extra love. So, next time you are walking in a public place, make a point to give a smile or say "good morning" or just open the door for them.  Just be nice because you never know what they are going through.

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Joshua Kent Ipson was born December 1, 2012 with a very complicated combination of congenital heart defects. After 2 1/2 months of fighting for his life, he passed away on February 13, 2013. We invite you to share our experiences as we grieve his loss, rejoice in God's plan, & keep Joshua's message of hope alive.
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