Ever felt like you’re trying to do something that’s really hard and you’re just alone in it? Like no one sees your struggle and there is no help to be found? I sure have. This week however I instinctively did something that reminded me I may not be quite as alone as I think in those times.
I was in my car driving through the car park of a shopping centre when I saw a woman carrying a coffee, a few too many shopping bags, and her handbag. She looked like she might need some help getting to her car if she wanted to keep it all upright (it kind of felt like I was watching a metaphor for when you’re going through life and you think ‘If someone doesn’t help me soon, I’m literally going to drop everything I’m currently carrying’), so I slowed down and thought, “if she stops walking because she is about to drop everything or seems to be far from her car, I’ll get out and help her.” I continued to watch her walk with great caution and calculation to her car which ended up being only a few more metres away, carefully place her coffee on the roof, pop her bags down and find her keys. “Nailed it!”, I thought… and I drove off.
Now that woman had no idea someone was watching ready to come to her rescue if she needed it. She may have been internally panicking, wondering how she was going to make it. How was she going to navigate getting her keys whilst juggling all the things in her hands? Was what she was attempting even possible? Beating herself up for taking on such a seemly impossible task. Who was she to think she could juggle all this?! Or perhaps there was just an inner monologue of “shit, shit, shit, shit, SHITTTT!!” as she walked as fast as she could towards her car.
Little did she know if she got into trouble, help was right there waiting to step in… Because I had noticed. I was watching and I was there willing to help if it was required.
But it got me thinking… How often do we approach life like we don’t perhaps have help available because it’s support or a solution we just can’t quite “see” yet?
It made me want to live like there is perhaps a “stranger in the car” watching out for me in my time of need. The universe has my back in ways I perhaps have no understanding of. So next time you’re feeling super alone, just remember, you may not be quite alone as you feel, there may be a “stranger in a car” there willing to help if you really need it…
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