I got there and she said, "Deee-na...yoo he-yah at dif-frent time than yoo always be he-yah. Some-ting wong?" I said, "Yes Mai. I am just exhausted and my feet are killing me. I decided to stop by after work instead of coming when I normally do." (Which is in the morning on fun Fridays.) She said, "Seet dahn bee bee." (Sit down baby.) I did and when she rolled up my pant leg I was horrified. I hadn't shaved in a few days. No time. Honestly I know that's gross but I'm just being transparent here, that my life was so busy at the time not only did I not have time to shave both legs in one day, I had no time to shave even one. And I'm the type of person who has to shave every day and usually do. I hate when my life gets out of control busy, but living at the intersection of marriage, parenting, ministry, career coaching, keeping the house work done, writing, speaking, yada yada yada can sometimes result in not shaving for a few days or having a huge basket of dirty laundry. Something has to give. This time it was my legs that went by the wayside.
I said, "Oh Mai...ughhh.....I am so sorry. I haven't shaved. I didn't even think about it when I came over here today...life has been so crazy and oh my, this is rather gross..." and she interrupted me and said, "shhhhhh...hush...just seet bach and wewax, bee bee...dun't worreee about any-ting, yoo are he-yah now."
I relaxed with her gentle and encouraging words and forgot about my hairy legs...sat there and went to my happy place in my head while she worked on me. Life was a lot better that night leaving there as my feet weren't hurting so much anymore and I was energized. My whole attitude was changed because someone didn't care how I showed up, they just took care of my need. Mai was my "soft place to land" that day in an overwhelmed world.
I did go home that night and shave, by the way.
People in our lives need a soft place to land.
Right now I'm ministering to a young lady who is pregnant and the father of the baby abandoned her. She needs a soft place to land.
I have a few pastor/pw friends who are especially in need of a soft place to land.
Another close friend has experienced a significant loss in their life and needs a soft place to land.
A family member feels like all hope for change is gone in a situation and needs a soft place to land.
I want to be a person who says, "shhhhh...hush...just sit back and relax, baby. Don't worry about anything. You are here now."