First–it made me realize how often the word “take” has a negative connotation to it. Here, though, it really is the mirror image of “accept.” I’ve written before about the difficulty I have in accepting gifts. The idea that I could take what I needed–that I could just reach out and pluck off the peace, or healing, or strength that I lack–was a refreshing concept.
Second–it made me realize that, much as I have a hard time accepting gifts, I seem to have an equally hard time admitting when I am in need. No, not just admitting; I have a hard time even recognizing when I am in need, or what needs I have.
So: what tab did I pull off the sign today?
Not a one–because I didn’t think the sign was meant for me.
Silly, right? Because less than an hour ago I got into an argument with my wife over, well, it doesn’t really matter what, because the argument was really about my impatience and frustration over a simple miscommunication–a frustration and impatience as much with myself as with my wife.
All I needed was a little more patience right at the moment when there seemed to be none at hand.
And that’s why I think I could use a few more signs like the one I saw in the gym today… because sometimes I need to be reminded that whatever I need really is right there for me–if only I can remember to reach out (or in) and take hold.