My mother & I went to lunch after a recent doctors appointment. A few minutes after our orders arrived the waitress came to tell us that the gentleman at the next table had paid for our lunch. We were stunned. Mom is visually impaired and could not even see him, we both turned however and thanked him for his kindness. As he was leaving a few minutes later I went over to shake his hand and he told me that god blessed my mother. I thanked him and he left. I’d never seen this man before and probably never will again. His random act of kindness however remains with me.
Later that week Jack & I were eating lunch at a rather nice restaurant and we choose to sit at the bar. It was a Saturday during the retail holiday crazy season and we observed what might have been a woman taking her lunch break, eating alone. When we went to leave we asked the waiter to bring us her check. We asked the waiter not to say anything until after we left. He thanked us for reminding him about the true spirit of the holiday.
I have always enjoyed helping others. Giving however without the receiver knowing that I have given is even better. I have never wanted anyone to be indebted to me for any reason. Random acts of anonymous kindness…well that is just amazingly satisfying. It doesn’t have to cost you a dime.
Try it with these Simple Steps and see how you feel:
- If you have an elderly neighbor or one that works long hours cut their grass one day when you have some extra time.
- Take your working neighbor’s garbage can back from the curb after it has been emptied.
- When you go through the Starbuck’s drive-thru pay for the drink of the person in the car behind you. I find this to be the most fun when the couple is elderly or really young. By the time that you get to the window to pay the barista would have the order for the car behind you. Have them add it to your bill.
- If you arrive at work earlier than everyone else plan a day to bring cookies or bagels. You can set them out before anyone comes in. A sign saying “Help Yourself” or “Enjoy” will let them know that the treats are there for everyone.
- During the times of the year when there are no holidays to celebrate make up little packages of candies and leave them on the desks of your co-workers.
At the end of the day when you lay your head down on your pillow give thanks. Today you made someone else’s day…. No strings attached. Doesn’t that feel wonderful!?!