Random Acts of Kindness

Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness? Maybe someone unexpectedly did something nice for you. Perhaps a friend bought your dinner or took you to a movie. How about kindness from a stranger? Have you experienced that? I did…today.

I wanted some juice this morning and didn’t have any at home. So, on my way to work I decided to swing in a convenience store to buy some juice and a snack. I looked in my wallet and saw I had little cash (nothing unusual since I use a debit card for most everything) and pulled out my card. The gentleman behind the counter said, “Cash only”, and explained that their credit/debit card system was down. I stated that I didn’t have cash and was ready to just forget the purchase when it happened…the random act of kindness. The woman behind me held out a $5 bill and told me she would pay. Of course I told her that was not necessary, but she insisted. In fact, she handed me the money and returned to her car to get another bill to pay for her purchase. I waited for her to return to the store and once again tried to get her to take the money back. She just smiled and said, “No, I insist”. I thanked her, paid for my items and turned around to give her the change. She refused and told me to hold onto it, again with a smile. I thanked her again and headed out, feeling better about the day and having a little more confidence that kind people do still exist.

Since that occurrence this morning I have thought a bit about it. I wondered if this was indeed a random event, or is this something the lady has done before. My guess is that she has indeed done this before. While it was a small thing to do, the impact was huge. Her simple act of kindness toward me brightened my day and helped me make some better decisions throughout the course of the day.

I may never see this woman again, and chances are good that she won’t stumble upon this post. However, I felt that I needed to share it as a reminder to myself that the words of Aesop seen above are too true. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” I was inspired by a stranger’s kindness to look for opportunities to extend an act of kindness toward someone else. Would you join me? Imagine what it would be like if we all did something like what this woman did for me. I like the way that would look. 🙂

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