I’m on the verge of tears having just dropped my curry chicken salad take-out on the ground as Teo and I were getting in the car.
Me: Oh that makes me so sad.
Teo: I know it’s sad . . . but it’s not so sad.
Me: You’re right.
Teo: You just have to give up, mama.
Teo: It’s like when I lose a toy or don’t get what I want, you just have to give up. You can have my lollipop.
He hands me his very well sucked lollipop and I’m in awe of his wisdom and compassion.
For the record let me tell you that he is not some buddah kid and when he loses a toy or doesn’t get what he wants he does not give up easily.
But his words were exactly what I needed to hear and his teachings come at the most opportune times.
So I gave up.
And in releasing the disappointment, I realized I didn’t need to head home hungry and angry (hangry as we say in our family). We were still blocks away from the café and thankfully I can afford $9 to replace my spilled salad. But it wasn’t until I let it go that I could even see that possibility.
And you know that it is in the beauty of releasing that mini miracles emerge:
:: The image of my son as his incredible compassionate self picking flowers on the walk to the café to “make me feel better”.
:: The woman at the café who upon hearing my tale gave me a replacement salad for free.
:: A run in with an old friend while waiting for said salad to be made and a tea date for later this month before she moves to Brazil.
:: The walk back to the car in drizzling summer rain, holding my yummy salad in one hand, my 4 year-olds hand in the other, and gratitude in my heart.
And this has led me to ask where else in my life and business do I need to give up?
Where could you give up and open to miracles?