A local grocery store here is remodeling
and not a single one of the changes is good
for those of us who shop there.
The grocery aisles have been rearranged
with some going in one direction
and others going in another.
The aisles have been pushed closer together too
making it harder to get through them.
All of the items have been moved from their usual spots as well
It seems like
all of these changes have been for the purpose
of slowing the shoppers down
so they will make more impulse buys
and give the store bigger profits.
As I walked through the store today
no one was smiling
and everyone was unhappy about it.
The change that bothered me the most, however,
was in the check-out aisles.
Only a few cashiers were left working
with huge sections being converted into self-scanning check-outs.
It saddened me to see this.
I knew that
people were probably going to lose their jobs because of this change.
I got in a cashier aisle
and patiently waited
while I saw some other people struggling to figure out how the self scan machines worked.
I vowed at that moment
never to use one myself
even if I had to wait longer every time I shopped there.
When I finally arrived at the front of the aisle
I saw the cashier was someone I knew.
and asked her how her family was doing.
She smiled back with a warmth and kindness
that touched my soul.
We chatted happily
while she scanned and bagged up my groceries .
I felt a friendship and a connection with her
that warmed my heart.
I wished her well before I left
And wished good luck to her
and all the other hard working cashiers there.
Machines can do a lot for us,
but there are many things they can't do.
They can't smile.
They can't love.
They can't touch a heart.
Only we can do that.
Only we can make life worth living.
It is time we realize that
profits aren't more important than people
and machines aren't more important than us.
It is time we see that
we are here not to conquer the world
but to be a part of it.
It is time we learn that
and this world
is what life is all about.