Random acts of kindness. You hear about them from time to time, a bill for a meal is mysteriously paid for, or someone pays for the toll for the next 10 cars in line. They’re usually done anonymously, and are small token gestures meant to brighten the day of a stranger just a little bit. I had an opportunity to perform a random act of kindness recently, but I would have never expected the outcome.
I had just finished gathering everything on my grocery shopping list and was headed for the self checkout lane. All of them were in use, so I was waiting patiently in line for my turn. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw a mother with two daughters walk up beside me. She looked at my very full cart of groceries and realized she wasn’t getting through quickly. She grabbed her youngest daughter’s hand and proceeded to walk quickly down the checkout rows looking for one with a short line.
She seemed frustrated and very much in a hurry.
Just then, one of the self checkout lanes opened up, and it was my turn. I called after her, “Maam, you can go ahead of me if you want. This is going to take me awhile.”
Walking briskly back to me, I could see that tears were welling up in her eyes. “”Thank you so much. Thank you. I just got a call that my other daughter is in the ER and I gotta go. Thank you so, so much.”
She scanned and bagged a few items and hurriedly walked out of the store, her two daughters on her heels.
I don’t know the details or severity of the situation. I do know as a parent that when you hear your child is hurt that the world pretty much stops. Letting her go before me added no more than 60 seconds to my wait time, but it saved her precious minutes in completing her task at the grocery store and allowed her to get to the hospital just a little faster.
I don’t remember what the woman looked like. I couldn’t pick her out of lineup if my life depended on it. But I’ll never forget the tone of her voice. I’ve never heard words filled with more gratitude and thankfulness.
I didn’t do it to make me feel good, I did it because I saw a fellow person that looked like they needed some help, and I was in a position to lend a hand. We’re all just trying to make it through our day the best we can. What greater gift can you give to another person than to help make that path just a little easier?
Have you ever performed a random act of kindness? Have you ever had one done to you?
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