Today I was at the supermarket getting a few things for home.
A lady with a huge trolley and an infant with a soiled nappy was in front of me. She put all the shopping through and it came to $160. She scratched around in her purse for her credit card and after a good few minutes of unloading her bag like Mary Poppins…. She realised her credit card was at home.
I must say, I was standing there wondering what on earth I could do for her, I had enough cash with me for what I had in my hands and that wouldn’t have helped her even if I offered it to her.
A man standing behind me presents
her the money in cash. She wouldn’t take it.
He offered to give her his work address down the road if she felt more comfortable repaying it… She wouldn’t take it.
I stood there with tears in my eyes, I had questioned human kindness in the car on the way to the shop, I had met a few unpleasant people today and seeing the man offer such a generous “no strings attached” helping hand, filled me back to 100% of trust that the world hasn’t completely gone to shit.
I gave him a massive smile and told him he was amazing and thanked him for restoring my faith in human kind.
I returned to work and got back into things, I checked my emails… To my surprise I had one for the kindest emails I have ever received from a customer , he commended me and thanked me on how I made such a difference in his life by going the extra mile for him, with the resources I have at work. I help customers on a daily basis and a lot of times I really do go out of my way to make sure that they are helped the best I can help them. I meet unrealistic deadlines at times…. But not even half ever write back to say thank you.
Doing kind things for a perfect stranger is something we can do when ever we feel like it, it’s a gift that can change lives. It can be as simple as thanking the post man, it can be as simple as praising great service when received, it could be as simple as a phone call to someone that you haven’t checked in with for a while, it could be as simple as leaving a tip or helping people in need – if you’re shy, it can be anonymous.
I hope I inspired you to take every chance you get to thank people or make a difference when ever you can.
Imagine if this world was a little kinder and the future generation had a chance at the childhood we had as kids – where kindness existed a little more often.
Sending you a big hello and a thank you for your support.