Monday morning I stopped @ our local gas station to fill up. It was in the midst of the morning commute so when I walked in to pay, the check out lines were 4 deep. There was that quiet tension you feel when everyone around you is under pressure to get somewhere. When it was finally my turn to pay, after the girl behind the counter cleared my check she said. “Have a super- duper, awesome day.”
Six days later her words are still rumbling around in my head 😉
I have sat down at this computer a dozen times the past week, attempting to write a blog post. It’s not that I don’t have things to write about. I try not to post something on this blog unless I just have to get it out. I decided many moons ago not to put any kind of self-imposed pressure on myself to write. Currently it feels internally like a bottle of wine under pressure. There is definitely something fermenting. The only problem is 90% of what I’ve written (and not yet posted) has a fair to moderate degree of “snark” attached to it and speaking only for myself, there is enough mean spirited-ness in the world. I could use a little more kindness sprinkled into my day, so I’d rather not contribute to the former.
So this morning when I again, for the umpteenth time attempted to get my tangled thoughts down on the screen, I saw a picture flash on our screen saver :
Those words center left jumped out at me: “Embrace Kindness”, which then got me to thinking about that cashier I encountered last Monday, which then got me to thinking about some other big and small acts of kindness that came my way recently, including the following:
Co-worker John who brought us donuts at work, twice last week.
My friend Jim who brought me home a large bag of fresh coffee beans on a recent trip he took.
Wife left behind a loving note (and a bag of M and M’s) when she took off on her trip this past Monday.
Mom gave me my grandpa and Grandma’s antique game last time I stopped by the house for coffee.
Got a long e-mail and follow-up text from a good friend who was checking on us..she was concerned because she’d not heard from us for longer than normal.
Daughter Kathy and husband recently came over with a chicken dinner for us…just because.
Neighbor asked if I would put some cherry boards in my kiln next time I fired it up, then gave us 5 pounds of hamburger as a thank you.
Old high school class mate I see once every few years, offered to help me install our new furnace…just because he likes learning new things.
Young man I bought the furnace from, changed his mind and helped me install our new furnace recently, for 1/2 of what he could have charged, when I offered him an additional $500, he refused.
Those all took place within the past three weeks.
I told my wife this morning that acts of kindness are so quiet, they can be here and gone before I know it. They are like the morning and evening shadows that I have learned to pay attention to. They (the shadows) only last for a few minutes, and if I am not tuned it, next thing I know, it’s dark.
Tell me about a recent act of kindness someone did for you.
I want details. 😉 DM