Yesterday I was at the Green Hills Post Office. The line was long, and there were only two clerks. Both were very nice and taking time with each person. The lady in front of me got a little antsy and started sighing. “Ah, the post office,” she said. “The place where time stands still.”
I looked at her and smiled, “Maybe we should all just enjoy the pause,” I said. “Take it as a break from the outside hustle bustle.” And so we waited. And we waited.
One clerk was tied up with a strange address. The other clerk was helping a very old and charming lady who was mailing two letters and looking for her 92 cents. At the last minute, she decided to buy a few extra stamps. She took out her change purse and began counting.
“Sixteen, seventeen, eighteen, oh… here’s a dime. Now, let’s see… one, two.”
As the clerk politely helped her, the lady in front of me looked at her watch and started bouncing from foot to foot.
The older lady looked at the clerk, smiled and said, “I just have all this change, and it’s so heavy to carry.” Then she continued, “Fifty-two, fifty-three…”
That was when the man behind me reached in his pocket, opened his wallet, and took out two $1 bills. He slowly walked up to the lady and said, “Here, ma’am, let me give you these so you won’t have to go to the trouble of counting all your change.” She looked at him and smiled and said, “But you don’t need to give that to me, I have the money.” “I know,” he said laying the money on the counter, “but this will make it easier for you.”
The clerk solved it all with a quick assessment, and he took her change, gave her the stamps and said, “These stamps are his treat!” She looked up and smiled at them both, thanking one for his patience and the other for his kindness. Suddenly, everyone in line was smiling. And it wasn’t just because it made the line move faster.
Random acts of kindness – Everyone wins:
- If you DO it – it will shift your day; you will be happier and in control.
- If you RECEIVE it – it makes your ‘difficulties’ a little easier.
- If you WATCH it – you will go out and do one yourself.
Let’s all do at least one every day.