Serving Up Love

An abundance of mints and a message from mom.

It took me two weeks to share the many miracles that helped me acquire the new laptop I’m using to type this story. However, there was a bonus miracle at the end of that journey which I’d like to share with you now. It involved an Earth Angel serving up love along with soup, salad, and breadsticks. 

As you might have guessed, this story takes place at the Olive Garden. There was an OG right down the road from Best Buy where I picked up my laptop. One of my sisters had given me a gift card, so I decided to celebrate my new computer with the aforementioned soup, salad, and breadsticks. 

It was only 11:15 AM, but there were already quite a few customers in the section where I was seated. From the conversations I overheard, many of them were regulars. I quickly noticed how kind and caring my server was to everyone in her section…even when that kindness was not reciprocated.

There was no “please” or “thank you” from either of the two young men sitting behind me. When she passed by their booth, one yelled, “More soup!” With the same cheerful tone in which she greeted me, she replied, “Of course, sweeties! What kind are you having?” Once they confirmed it was the Chicken & Gnocchi, she disappeared into the kitchen and returned with two fresh bowls.

I ordered the Minestrone, and this exceptional server returned with a bowl chock full of more vegetables than I’d ever received during any previous visit. She happily reported, “It’s a fresh batch and I loaded you up with all the good stuff!” She certainly did! 

The woman sitting by herself in the booth across from me didn’t have much to say when our server tried to engage her in conversation. That didn’t stop her from treating the woman like a dear friend. At the end of her meal, she asked if she had a purse…then promptly deposited a handful of Olive Garden’s signature mints on the table. “I’m only supposed to give you one or two, but they’re so good!” 

I couldn’t hear how the woman responded to all those mints, but I did hear her softly decline the offer of fresh breadsticks to take home. When she fumbled with a gift card, the server took extra time to help her with it and to show her how much was left after today’s meal. It truly was a joy to witness this loving exchange.

But what touched me the most was how this beautiful soul said goodbye to each of her customers. She gently took their hand, looked them directly in the eyes, and said, “It was an honor serving you today. I hope you come back and see me.” And I believe she meant every word! 

After watching her do this a few times, I had to tell her how moved I was by her ability to be so loving, compassionate, and present with each customer. She truly was an Earth Angel, and I felt compelled to share that with her. She thanked me for the compliment and said it was easy for her because she loved people.

She went on to tell me how she managed a restaurant for years, then retired early to care for her aging mother. After her mom passed, she was sad and bored, so she decided to go back to work part-time. She felt this job would be an easy and enjoyable way to make a little extra money given her restaurant experience. Her love of people was crystal clear, and I felt blessed to be seated in her section to receive it. 

Earlier, this Earth Angel had left an abundance of chocolate mints on my table. It made me smile because my mother loved those mints as much, if not more, than her meal. It felt like a wink from my mom. She was letting me know that she was with me and telling me not to worry about the expense of a new computer. I will receive all the abundance I need to pay for it.

Before leaving, I quietly thanked the server for the mints and shared the loving message from my mom. No hand-holding for me. This sweet woman, who was of the same generation as my mom, opened her arms to give me a loving motherly embrace.

My heart was full as I walked to my car. I was grateful for the miracles of the last few days, but especially for the blessing I had just received from that Earth Angel at the Olive Garden. 

Would you like to experience more miracles and blessings in your life? I would be honored to assist you in opening your heart to them with a series of Spiritual Coaching Sessions or a private Family Constellations Session. Both can help you release unconscious blocks and old patterns that prevent you from the happy, healthy, prosperous life you were meant to live. Please look around my website for more information and to book a session. I look forward to working with you!

Until next time, may that server inspire you to choose love more and more frequently. I know she has inspired me!  

Joy is unlimited, because each shining thought of love extends its being and creates more of itself.

A Course in Miracles ~ T-22.VI.14:8

2 Replies to “Serving Up Love”

  1. Thank you John. You and many were blessed by this Earth Angel. If we keep our hearts open we will see there are many Earth Angels among us. I am blessed to know you, as you are also an Earth Angel.

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