I could feel an eruption forming in my chest. I tried to suppress it while I waited on the phone. The eruption smoldered for the next five minutes as I waited and waited.
“You will have to go to one of our stores,” a voice finally said as soon as the hold ended.
That was the moment when the eruption spilled from my chest and had voice. The call and my patience ended at the same time, but the learning moment was just beginning.
There are times when I forget the purpose of life. When that happens, I am unable to put experiences in their true context. Over my lifetime, I’ve learned that everything happens for a reason and that everyone who comes into my life is there for the same reason. Life is a school and the events, as well as the participants, are uniquely combined to help you and me become the most we can be. I forgot that while dealing with the frustrating phone call. Luckily, that call was over and the life lesson was about to be brought to the forefront.
The beginning of the next day ushered in more events, more people and more lessons. I was calmer by morning, so my day to absorb life’s lessons was much easier. It was sort of routine living with a few “Ah-Ha!” moments until late morning when I went to the store as told from the previous evening’s phone call.
I walked into the store and spoke with a young man about the issue. He politely assisted me to solve the problem and then came the bill.
“That will be $303,” he said. “How would you like to pay?”
I was puzzled.
“I was quoted $435 last night,” I said. “Are you sure the amount is correct?”
“Yes,” he said as he swiped my card and pleasantly handed me the receipt. “If you would be kind enough to give me a good review for helping you when you’re contacted, I would appreciate it.”
“From 0 to 10!” I said with a smile.
It was less than a minute from the store to my car and that’s when my smile broadened. It was a sort of embarrassed, happy little smile as I recognized that I had just received another of life’s continuing little “wakeup” calls.
I had been reminded of perhaps life’s greatest purpose. You and I are being schooled while we’re alive. The phone call reminded me that everything we’re taught is for our benefit in the end, even though it’s hard sometimes.
Everything happens to bring goodness and success into our lives. And, while this fact is often hidden, keeping this little bit of knowledge in the forefront of our day-to-day interactions, enables us to live happier and calmer, and perhaps more assuredly, that everything will turn out for our benefit in the end.
Lynn Butterfield lives in Erda and is a managing broker for a real estate company.