Noticing Beauty and No Holding Back
He was absolutely gorgeous.
I couldn't take my eyes off him. I kept looking away so he wouldn't catch me staring at him, but my gaze would soon return. Beauty, no matter if it's a fiery sunset, a stunning bouquet of flowers or a human face, has a way of bringing about giddy awe. And so I kept watching him as he placed items from the salad bar into his takeaway container while I could barely concentrate on putting my own salad together.
Despite having all the things on my plate I wanted, I lingered there, secretly hoping he'd look my way. He never did and so I took my salad and my fluttery feelings to the check-out line. I barely heard what the cashier said as I paid her and left the store.
I was halfway to my car when I stopped mid-stride, turned around and walked back into the building. It felt like I was having an out-of-body experience as I watched myself open the doors to the store, look for the gorgeous salad bar man who was still right where he was a minute ago and then there I was, walking straight toward him. I had no idea what I was going to say until I was right in front of him. When you stand close enough to stranger, it doesn't take very long for them to notice you. And when he looked at me, what came out of my mouth surprised us both.
"I wanted to tell you I noticed your beauty."
He smiled as he said, "Thank you."
Our eyes met each others for a few seconds and that giddy feeling intensified. I began to turn my head and walk away.
"Is that all?" he asked in a playful tone.
"Yes, that's all. I'm married," I said.
"I'm married, too," he replied.
I never looked back nor did I say anything else as I walked out of the store again. The second time was different from the first. I could now walk away feeling happy I'd made him smile, but I could also feel proud of myself for noticing the beauty of a stranger and not holding back in telling him I noticed.
Giving compliments to others feels good. Having no regrets feels good, too.