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People Are Working for You In Every Moment

I encountered road work as I was driving to town today.  Suddenly, my heart swelled up as I realized, “These people are working for me.”   The flagmen standing in the heat of the sun.  The heavy equipment operators encased in noise.  The ones shoveling all day long.  They are working on my behalf.

It was a perfect moment.  A moment of openness, love, and gratitude that enriched my life.

People are working for you in every moment in so many different ways.  Do you notice?  It might enrich your life if you do.


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  1. Oh, what a delightful way of reacting to the sight of road repair! Thank you, Sandra. Indeed, there’s always somebody up ahead, clearing the path so we may travel.

  2. It was wonderful indeed! I don’t always have such an enlightened response. This was one of those special moments.

  3. I’m afraid much too often those folks working to make our life a little better are invisible to us. Besides road workers, think of the people who vacuum and dry your auto at the car wash, the clerks at most stores, the mail man (or woman in my case), or the cop directing traffic when the stoplights are out.

    Sure, they are all doing a job and getting paid. But, without each of them you’d have a bit more stress and a bit less pleasure in your life. Pause and smile at someone like that today. You might be the only person who does so and your thoughtfulness could make their day.

    • Beautifully said, Bob! I like the idea that we could make someone’s day by a simple smile! The more we can acknowledge and appreciate the neutral or “invisible” people in our lives the more joy and happiness we will feel too.

  4. I love this, Sandra!

    It reminds me of a similar experience I had in the middle of a silent retreat at San Francisco Zen Center — located in the heart of the city. On one particular afternoon, the teacher led us on a walking meditation outside the building and around the block. We passed trashcans and parked cars and homeless folks, and more.

    Somewhere in the middle of the walk, I had an epiphany… whereas before, the parking restrictions on that street had always been annoying to me (on certain days, you couldn’t park on one side of the street so they could clean it), I suddenly realized that the intention was good. The purpose was so that street sweepers could come through and clean the streets and sidewalks. It dawned on me that so many times we are simply trying to take care of each other and what’s around us, even if it comes in the rather strange form of parking restrictions. But that original intention is very much like buddhanature… to simply be in relationship to what is around us and take care of it. It was a wonderful moment.

    • Maia,

      What a special moment! I think these moves are especially sparked when we are in a meditative state. I’ve was very inspired by spiritual reading the days before this experience and the insight and gratitude spontaneously arose. But it didn’t come out of nowhere in one sense because we’ve created the conditions by quieting our mind and opening our view.

      Thanks for sharing your insight about the street sweepers and parking restrictions. I know this one well since I used to live in SF. More than once I got a ticket for leaving my car parked on the wrong side of the street on the wrong day! These experiences usually cause us annoyance as you point out, but they can also be an avenue for gratitude. Thanks so much for this example.

  5. Simply beautiful. I never thought of it that way. This could apply to so much in life that we find aggravating. Thanks for sharing.

    • It really does, doesn’t it, Debbie? There are so many people in our life that are “neutral.” We usually give all our attention and energy to the people we love or the people we dislike. But simply noticing and feeling grateful to the “neutral” people can help us appreciate interdependence, feeling more connected, and bring more joy into our life. Glad you like the idea!

  6. Vishnu

    Great post Sandra – any interest in running for city council? 🙂

    I live in a place that has 2 seasons – winter and construction – I’m not quite at the point of welcoming either. Thus reading your blog regularly!

    • You’re funny, Visnhu! That’s the last thing in the world I would want to do. Believe me, I’m far from perfect and I can become easily annoyed. Construction noise would be a real test for me! I’m not too keen on winter either. But when I was living in cold weather a few years ago, I did have a winter where I realized if I just didn’t think about not liking it, I felt so much better. It’s all been a learning and growing process for me and I’m still learning and growing.

      This was a special moment though that showed me I can go beyond my limited mind.

  7. Sandra,

    Life is really all about perspective isn’t it? We can look at construction workers on the side of the road and get frustrated, perhaps not even notice them at all, or as you have done, shift to a perspective of gratitude. After all, everyone has their part to play.

    As different challenges keep coming up in my life, I keep asking myself one question to help change my perspective: “How else can I view this?” That seems to be the question you naturally ask yourself as well, which is why I’m constantly drawn back here. You’re always here challenging the status quo and offering a new perspective and I love that about you. 🙂

    • Adrienne,

      Absolutely, perspective makes all the difference in the world. This is a great question to keep in mind and apply when challenges come up. In this particular case, I was in a open and inspired space from spiritual reading I had done. And so the response just arose spontaneously. I didn’t have to think about it or apply a mental remedy to a challenging situation. I find this is the benefit of meditation practice and spiritual inspiration – it shifts our perspective without having to do it mentally. But that’s not always possible, so it’s really, really helpful to have questions like this to help us when challenges arises and that open-heartedness doesn’t just pop right up. Thanks for sharing this skillful means. And thanks for your kind words of appreciate, too. I feel like wisdom unites you and me!

  8. Hi Sandra.

    What a beautiful insight that cropped up while you were driving to town! So many times, I fail to note how I am connected to everyone around me. You provided a sweet reminder for me today.


    • That’s usually my basic mode of operation too, Susie. This was a special moment. I hope to keep generating more of those special moments so my basic mode of operation transforms into LOVE! Thanks for your comment.

  9. Thanks for sharing this insight. I hear people complaining about the state of the roads or other things in our environment, and yet when our tax dollars are put to work fixing them, folks complain about that!

    Humans can be such an ungrateful lot!

    There is frequent road repair, widening, etc. around my area and I’m grateful for it because I once lived in an area where the city neglected to keep things up to par.

    • Good point, Flora! It’s like we get into a habit of complaining and then the cycle just continues. But complaining doesn’t really bring us much joy. I think it’s mostly just a bad habit. Fortunately, we can break those. I’m glad you have found gratitude in your heart.

  10. This is so simple and so beautiful, that you have noticed and felt gratitude in your heart this way.
    I have felt the same in similar situations, and although sometimes they seem insignificant… they aren’t.
    Wishing you well.
    Tree Spirit x

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