Who doesn’t want to hear those words?
Sometimes they come at the most random times from the most random people.
Here’s my story:
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I went to Walmart the other day to return a folder I had bought. While I was there I of course did some wandering and a few things happened to pop in my cart. Why did I even have a cart? Who knows. This guy popped in my cart to say hello. I couldn’t pass him up.
A few other maybe not needed items popped in my cart too, but it happens right?
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Anywho. So I’m standing in line, no big rush. No big hurry. And the guy in front of me bought some… I don’t know something for his car maybe? Decently heavy I suppose. Check register lady asked him if he wanted a bag for it, but he declined, said the box was too heavy and would rip it. He then proceeded to try to carry the box out and was having quite a difficult time. I did, what I thought any normal person would do and offered him my cart (considering I don’t think I needed it for the few Chobani’s I got) He looked at my so genuinely and said “You’re awesome! Thank you!” And even though it just seemed like the decent thing to do, it made me feel really good. But at the same time…the fact that he was so shocked that I did that and thought it was so awesome…is kind of sad. Because it means people don’t expect others, especially strangers, to do random acts of kindness.
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I have always been that person that could have a conversation with anyone. And I do. Same day. Same line. I struck up a conversation with the lady behind me because she made a comment (to herself kind of) about the serving size of a dip. (Come to find out she was flying out that night, so she wanted something to take on the plane with her) But we just small chatted about airports, flying and nonsense. I guess I just assume everyone is like that, even though I flat out know they’re not. Work as a waitress and you find out how many different personalities there really are.
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It just made me think about how random acts of kindness are not as common as they should be. I also believe that you taking the effort to be kind to others that maybe, just maybe that person will pass on the kindness you gave to them.
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So I’m making this my new goal. And maybe you should too. I want to try to do one random act of kindness a day. Hold the door that extra second for the next person walking in. Let that person on the highway who has been trying to get over for 5 minutes go in front of me. Let the other person go in front of you in line. Anything. Big or small, it just may have an impact on that person’s life. And maybe it will brighten their day. You never know.
I also feel a random act of a giveaway coming soon. I mean, I am in a giving mood. So keep checking back!
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Do you do random acts of kindness?
Does it make your day better when someone does it for you?