One Sunday afternoon a few weeks ago, I stopped at one of those Goodwill Expresses to drop off some of my old junk. The man who was working, taking in the donations asked me how my day was going. I could tell he was genuinely interested and not just doing the customer service thing. I told him I was doing great, enjoying the weather and my weekend.
I was genuinely curious so I asked him how he was doing. He responded, “Well, I wish I had packed me a lunch.” I really didn’t know what to say to that. I felt badly for him. I began wondering how hungry he was and when his shift would end…how much longer did he have to wait before his lunch break? I think it awakened a place of compassion and care for a total stranger.
As I walked back to my car, I decided I’d go and buy him lunch, but as I drove out of the parking lot I realized there wasn’t anything quick nearby, so I started vacillating whether I’d actually get him lunch. Just when I had resolved to skip the kind act due to time and to get on with my errands, my heart’s final tugging won and I was at peace to take the time to go and get him lunch. The fact was: I could. I didn’t have the kids with me, nobody was waiting on me and I had nothing urgent to do. I had the time, so I went to a nearby restaurant to order some lunch for him. It was kind of interesting trying to guess what he could eat. Would he like a Coke or a diet Coke? Would he want ranch or Italian dressing? Did he have any food allergies? Was he a vegetarian?
As I made the order, I intended not to tell anyone what I was up to because I didn’t want to seem as though I was bragging about doing a nice thing. But as I waited at the restaurant for the order, I told the server what I was doing. As I was leaving, I overheard the server telling another customer about it and I thought how cool that a positive story was being shared, rather than a sad or disappointing one. It made me aware of the value in sharing.
When I walked into the Goodwill Express, lunch in hand, the man looked at me perplexed. I told him that I bought lunch for him and hoped he didn’t have any allergies or mind that I got him a Coke. He was speechless. Gratitude and appreciation covered his face. He was kind of stunned as to what to say or do and he reached out his hand to shake mine. We exchanged huge smiles. I told him to have a great day, and as I left, he stood still with a stunned look on his face. As I drove away, I saw him put prayer hands together and bowed his head. My heart was so filled with joy and happiness.
Now here I am sharing this with you, although a part of me told me not to write about this because it would be bragging. But that isn’t true. By sharing this, I’m sharing positivity. I know you are going to be inspired to do something nice for someone today. My small act of kindness made a huge difference for that Goodwill Express employee, the server in the restaurant, the customer she told, and a huge difference for ME! That man will probably tell a few people, and you know what, this one little act of kindness can give people hope and inspiration. There’s a lot of cruelty going on in the world. There’s a lot of bad news and acts of anger. We all could use a few positive stories each day to remind us that a lot of good happens in the world.
We can all make a difference. Every day we can do something good for another person. It could be giving a compliment, mowing a neighbor’s yard, or giving a gift to someone. No matter what your situation is, there are countless ways you can help another person. When we take the time to turn our attention off our situation and on to how we can contribute to others, we create hope and inspiration within ourselves, oftentimes giving ourselves the fuel we need to overcome our own obstacles.
It is my hope that you not only do something great for someone else, but also tell five or 10 people about what you did. Don’t listen to that voice in your head that says by sharing you’re bragging. By not telling someone, you are limiting your kind act to that one person. By sharing of your kind acts, however, it will influence and impact many more.
Below are two great videos to give you some additional inspiration for the week.
I DEFINITELY WANT YOU TO SHARE WITH ME WHAT KIND ACT YOU DO THIS WEEK. SHARE IT AND SPREAD IT!
Pay It Forward: http://youtu.be/qfW0wCV9iFI
Free Hugs: http://youtu.be/vr3x_RRJdd4