In my last WINE IN THE GARDEN post I shared that I took a seminar though my Professional Association of Landscape Ontario, called An Introduction to Landscape Design.
I continued on the professional development path this week. Monday, I received another certificate for THE NEXT STEP IN LANDSCAPE DESIGN. Both classes were an exciting challenge and I feel so lucky to be immersed in GREEN right now.
On Tuesday, I went on a little jaunt to a flower shop that was closing it’s doors. I had met the owner during the summer when she hosted an impromptu garden party. There is just something special about this lady and when I saw the Facebook notice that she was retiring, I wanted to go see her and wish her well.
I knew from her posts that this was a change that she was having mixed feelings about. I appreciated her transparency and even though this was a bit outside my wheel-house I wanted to connect with her.
I hopped in my little car, cranked the tunes and set off to find this shop. I had not been to this particular neighborhood before. It was early in the day when I walked through the door. I was tickled that she remembered me and there wasn’t any ice to be broken. We started up a charming banter and then a woman came storming through the front door with a snarl on her face.
“SOMEONE, freaking parked in two parking spots out there,” she huffed.
Charmingly, I said, “That would be me, I’m so sorry I couldn’t see the lines and I’ve never been in this area before.”
I didn’t even get a pretend smile, she just glared at me and kept walking to the back of the shop.
Sarcastically, I called out, “Please, do pardon me.”
I said to the owner, “Well, I guess I’d better get out of here.”
I was startled by the other woman’s hostility, but as I was paying for a couple of plants I wanted to buy. I realized that no one can stop me from doing what I am put here to do.
I asked the shop owner if it was ok to give her a hug as I wished her all the very best in the future. You know what she said, “I so need a hug, I LOVE hugs, thank you.”
It was more than a hug, it was an embrace. With power.
Did you know that BY BEING YOURSELF, YOU PUT SOMETHING WONDERFUL IN THE WORLD THAT WAS NOT THERE BEFORE?
That other woman was still pissed about the parking situation and came out on my heels to start her vehicle so that she could take over my parking spot. She started backing up before I could even pull out of my position.
I realized that I know HOW TO HAVE A LOVELY DAY!
- I dress nicely
- I wear perfume
- I do things for others, despite myself
- I laugh
- I am charming
- I do not let others ruin my plans
- I slow down
- I smile
- and I surround myself with beauty
The rest of my week has been a wonderful series of events both big and small that have filled my heart with joy.
I do hope that February brings you PEACE, CONTENTMENT & LOTS OF LOVE.