Recognizing The Opportunities To Help Those Around You
I watched as the woman struggled to a standing position from her electric wheelchair make her way to the door of the convenience store.
Peering out the window, the store clerk saw her as well and walked over to open the door as she hobbled across the threshold.
Getting out of my car, I tried to shake off the negativity I had been walking in for most of the day. I was tired, grouchy and just wanted to go home and shut the world away.
Have you ever had one of those days, when it seemed nothing went right and almost everyone you encountered dumped more garbage in your path?
This was one of those days.
Grabbing my items and taking them up to the cashier, I found myself waiting in line behind the woman from the wheelchair.
Her purse was tossed on the floor as she frantically pulled everything out, looking for her debit card.
Glancing at the cashier, he shrugged and mouthed “Sorry.”
She must have sensed his discomfort because she scooted her belongs aside and said, “Ring her up, while I keep looking.”
We All Have Choices
Finishing my transactions, she sighed and muttered to the clerk “I’ll be back. I must have left my card at home.”
As she stuffed her things back in her purse, the door blew open, announcing that the rainstorm our area was promised was getting closer.
Looking from the door to the woman next to me, my mood suddenly changed.
I was no longer absorbed in my crappy day but became concerned for her. I wasn’t sure where she lived, but I knew she wouldn’t be able to get herself home and back to the store again before the rain. If she were lucky, she’d have just enough time to get home before the downpour hit.
“Excuse me,” I said to the cashier. “Can I just pay for her items? This way she won’t have to come back out in the weather.”
Smiling, he nodded, took my card, and let the woman know her items had been paid for.
“You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall
Opportunities Are All Around Us
Every day we are presented with choices, challenges, and opportunities, but it’s easy to lose sight of reaching out in kindness when we are upset or frustrated.
My morning didn’t start off great that day, and minor challenges triggered it into a day that became difficult for me to maneuver through in a positive manner.
But it’s in the hardest days we can find opportunities that help get us out of our funk, and be better than our present circumstances.
As I left the store that day, a gentleman who had witnessed the interaction, held the door open for me, and as we walked out together, he said,
“There should be more people in the world like you.”
“I don’t always recognize opportunities to help, especially when I am having a bad day myself, but I must remember that I have the choice to turn around a bad day as quickly as it started,” I replied.
What this gentleman didn’t realize, was he had just brought a little kindness to my day with his comment.
Today is World Kindness Day
The lesson I learned that day was a gentle reminder that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Kindness is free, and so is our choice to be kind, regardless of what we are going through.
What acts of kindness have you been a part of today?
Sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference.
Share with me in the comments below where you saw an opportunity to choose kindness.