Thursday Thoughts: Universal Defense

So. I had a day yesterday. A really REALLY REALLY bad day. It started in Walmart. Someone took my iPhone. It’s a model that can’t be unlocked if it’s locked unless there’s facial or code confirmation. Jake and I spent a LOT of time at Walmart. And the AT&T store and with a nice young man later who delivered and helped set up my new phone. I’ll explain a bit more after you take in this very apropos message from the Universe:

There is no greater weapon, Silver, than kindness.

A smile, a compliment, encouragement and compassion belong in the arsenal of every Time-Space Adventurer.

Today, may you crush, kill and destroy the fears you encounter, in others and in yourself.

Yes, please, thank you –
The Universe
© ®

En garde, Silver!

The associates at Walmart, from the nice gal in the back by the bathrooms who tried to call my phone and then got the assistant manager to check security, to that assistant manager who looked through all the security footage, to the off-duty female officer working security who checked all the trashcans inside and out of the entrances, were all amazingly kind and helpful. Two of the associates who man the checkout area I use and who always admire Jake came by a couple of times to check on me. Then there was the OCPD sergeant who came to take the report and get copies of the security footage. He apologized for taking so long to get there. I apologized for him having to respond to a low-priority call but I needed the report for my insurance because iPhone 11s are NOT cheap. Luckily, I did have insurance.

Not wanting to hassle with filing the insurance on-line, I drove across the street to the AT&T phone store. The gal there was awesome. She filed the report, got my sim card all set up so the new phone would activate automatically, and even arranged for the phone to be delivered by the insurance folks last evening. (There’s usually a 24-hour wait!) The young man from Asurion (AT&Ts insurance folks) arrived early and stayed until restoration was well-underway.

Do you see where this is going? The kindness of all these people–of all different colors, orientations, and heritages–turned my really REALLY REALLY bad day into a day that left me smiling. The person who took the phone and didn’t turn it in? She got nothing. You can’t unlock those phones so she got nothing out of it. I hope Karma catches up to her! And I hope Karma is kind to all the wonderful people who brightened my day and turned it around. Be kind today. Even if the only person you bump into is yourself. 


About Silver James

I like walks on the wild side and coffee. Lots of coffee. Warning: My Muse runs with scissors. Author of several award-winning series--Moonstruck, Nightriders MC, The Penumbra Papers, and Red Dirt Royalty (Harlequin Desire) & other books! Purveyor of magic, mystery, mayhem and romance. Lots and lots of romance.
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4 Responses to Thursday Thoughts: Universal Defense

  1. Well, damn. I hope they catch her and throw the book at her. If you have to get robbed, Walmart is probably the best place because their security cameras are excellent. Thank goodness you had insurance and could get a new phone lickety-split like that without extra cost or more hassle. Gah, people like that totally piss me off. But YAY for all the kind people who helped you.

    I really need to do a Wallyworld run. I’d planned on going today but then my friend called and wanted to do coffee and I haven’t seen her in a while, so I postponed shopping. Although, I could do it after coffee. We’ll see. I try to be kind when I’m out and about, especially at Wallyworld because there are enough people (i.e. shoppers and that one turd cashier) who aren’t kind there. And if I can’t be kind, I’m at least civil.

    :HUGS: I hope today is a better day.

    • Silver James says:

      COFFEE WITH A FRIEND! FTW! It’s partly because of Jake but there are wonderful people at my Wallyworld who remember us and visit and love on Jake and I, too, try very hard to be nice because I’ve worked retail and it. SUCKS! If you are civil and nice, I’ll return it. Be friendly? We’re BFFs while I’m there. Be a turd? Well, I’ll just give you my “Oh RLY” Mother Look and move a long. It was a long frustrating day but it could have been much MUCH worse so I’m thankful those wonderful people kept it from being total suckage. If you go for errands, go early before the heat hits! ❤

      • LOL, by the time I made it home, it was after noon. (We were really chatty today.) No way I shop that late in the day. Tomorrow works. It’s not like we’re out of everything. Yet.

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