A few weeks ago as I was standing in the checkout line at Hawaiian Moons, I overheard a conversation between the elderly woman in front of me, and the checker. The woman spoke of a new chapter in her life, living without her husband of 52 years. She talked about what an adjustment it was, and how different it was to live alone. I then watched, as the woman carefully loaded her sacks onto a small metal cart that she could pull home.
I exited the store as she was strapping the final bag onto her cart, and asked if she would like a ride. “I have a van, with plenty of room for all of our groceries,” I told her. She graciously, and thankfully, accepted my offer. Her apartment was only about 3/4 of a mile away, but I was happy to save her the trouble of not having to maneuver her cart along the busy sidewalks of south Kihei road.
As we drove in the car I learned that her name was Reesa. She was thoughtful and good-natured, and kept a smile, despite the recent death of her companion. I am grateful for people like her, who uplift me by showing strength through challenges that are much harder than my own.
I told Reesa to look for us the upcoming in the Whale Parade. As I marched with my children and their scout troop, I was thrilled to see Reesa, standing outside her apartment, waving enthusiastically to us. Thank you Reesa, for giving me the opportunity to serve, and for brightening my day.”
Please share your Seva story with me so we can spread the Seva! Mahalo and Namaste, Johanna Waters firstname.lastname@example.org