Before I left, my mother gave me two shopping "bags for life" that had been bought at that supermarket, which you can keep exchanging for new ones. She asked me to exchange them as those had holes in them.
After I had finished picking up the grocery I looked for some bags to swap my old ones but I couldn't find any. I asked a member of staff where they were and she said they were now out of stock. The only ones they had were the bigger ones which I would have to pay for. I told her I needed new bags to carry my shopping and they could at least give me the other ones. She said I needed to speak to the manager about that. Just at that moment, another guy walked by who happened to be the assistant manager. I explained my position. He said he was sorry they'd run out but he couldn't give me the other bags as it wasn't their company policy to do so. He said I could always use the plastic bags they provide for free. I said they weren't strong enough. He told me he couldn't help me. He said if I was unhappy I could complain to the manager in store. I had a feeling even if I spoke to the manger s/he was going to fob me off with more company policy bullshit, which I didn't have time for. So I headed to the checkout and used their plastic bags. On my way out I realised I had forgotten to pick up a bar of chocolate but I couldn't be bothered to go back.
As I walked to the bus stop, I thought of what company policy means. A policy is only a rule made up to keep people in bondage to a particular idea and to make you think small. While customers are busy abiding by company policy, the company is maximising its profits. Well I don't operate by any company policy. The only policy I buy into is the Infinite Self's policy of working together in perfect harmony.
My bus arrived as soon as I got to the stop. When I got off that bus, the next one was close behind. As I was walking home, I saw a neighbour walking to the local bus stop, with her shopping trolley in tow. Presumably, she was on her way to the same supermarket. After I said hello, she asked me to stop as she wanted to give me something for me and my mother. She opened up her trolley and pulled out 6 bars of chocolates, which she said would be nice with tea. That, to me, was a demonstration of the Infinite Self's policy of harmony.
Later during my bus into town, two young women with lovely plaits sat in front of me. I told them how much I loved their hair. They told me they admired my short wavy hair. We chatted about the many fun ways to style black hair. Before they got off the bus, one of them gave me a Jehovah's Witness tract called: Life in a Peaceful New World. Here are some quotes:
"When you look at the scene on this tract, what feelings do you have? Does not your heart yearn for the peace, happiness, and prosperity seen there? Surely it does. But is it just a dream, or fantasy, to believe these conditions will ever exist on earth?I believe the tract is another way of describing what happens when you follow the Infinite Self's policy of working together in harmony.
"Most people probably think so. Today's realities are war, crime, hunger, sickness, aging—to mention just a few. Yet there is reason for hope. Looking to the future, the Bible tells of a "new heavens and a new earth that we are awaiting according to [God's] promise, and in these righteousness is to dwell."— 2 Peter 3: 13; Isaiah 65: 17.
"These "new heavens" and "new earth," according to the Bible, are not a new material heavens or new literal earth. The physical earth and heavens were made perfect, and the Bible shows they will remain forever. (Psalm 89:36, 37; 104:5) The "new earth" will be a righteous society of people living on earth, and the "new heavens" will be a perfect heavenly kingdom, or government, that will rule over this earthly society of people. But is it realistic to believe that "a new earth," or glorious new world, is possible?"
"...God's Kingdom will bring earthly benefits beyond compare, accomplishing everything good that God originally purposed for his people to enjoy on earth. Hatreds and prejudices will cease to exist, and eventually everyone on earth will be a true friend of everyone else. In the Bible, God promises that he will 'make wars to cease to the extremity of the earth.' "Nation will not lift up sword against nation, neither will they learn war anymore."— Isaiah 2:4."
Every moment, I have a choice whether to buy into company policy or follow the Infinite Self's policy. I know which one I choose to follow.
Related articles: The Guide Has Been There, Done That and Got the T-Shirt; I Never Walk Alone; Biggie Small; Expert Opinions; Playing By Your Own Rules - Revisited; Where Do You Live?; The Problem with Experience; Unity Consciousness - In Practice; Diplomatic Immunity