For those of you who read my post yesterday, I got six hours sleep last night – just what I had hoped for after cutting back on sleeping pills on Saturday. Still, my mind has been cloudy most of the day. Guess you could say that I’ve been experiencing a different level of consciousness while getting a clear picture of what I’m all about in life.
Lots of errands for Jody in the car. I’ve been listening to Stephen King’s Insomnia while motoring along. Great book, but not today. I’ve loved the elderly hero Ralph Roberts, but this morning I didn’t care about him. Ouch. Down somewhere among my functioning brain cells, I knew that I care deeply about other human beings. But I just couldn’t cope with Ralph. During my glimmers of alertness, I was shocked. “Not me! Not me!” Except that it was. And how arid that felt. How could I possibly stay sane if this was my daily grind?
One of my early stops was at “Canada’s Finest Coffee” in London, to pick up some Keurig K-cups. I got out of Hugo and was walking to the store when along came a woman. I virtually always say “Hi” at these moments, and there’s no effort to do so. It’s just like rolling off a log. But as she got closer, I had to push myself with all my might to meet her eyes, smile, and say hello. And push I did. I just couldn’t look the other way and pass on by. So … that’s good. But what must it be like if that’s what you do minute by minute and day by day? It’s horrifying to think about what that does to a person.
Inside the store, I was talking to an employee named Holly about different coffees that were on the Keurig website. Another monumental effort. I mentioned that Jody was sick and we talked some about cancer, which has touched both of us. But I wasn’t there. It was just a blur of words coming out of me that hopefully made some sense. Where, o where, was my commitment to “be with” people? Some place where I wasn’t.
Then on to Costco (awfully tired of Ralph en route), where I know a lot of the staff members and demonstrators. I usually love the banter. But today, I just wanted to stay away from people. No visit to to the Vision Centre, nor to Customer Service. I picked a cashier that I didn’t know, and was the basic transaction-oriented customer. How yucky.
Finally on my journey of dimness, I walked into the Real Canadian SuperStore to buy just one item: silver polish. As I was about to plunk the little can down on the express conveyor belt, the darkness lifted. I had me back. So I placed my Silvo beside the groceries of the fellow in front, and said to him, “Do you mind if I put my silver polish here when you’re not looking?” He laughed. The cashier laughed. I thanked God.
I can’t live like that morning guy. It hurts too much.