Paying it forward.
Doing unto others as we would have them do unto us.
They’re all words that frame a simple concept with HUGE impact.
I’m pretty certain you’ve been on both the giving and the receiving end of some random kindness. Reveled in the power of goodness. I know I have.
Just last week was was trudging–and I do mean trudging–through the lobby of my workplace, headed for my car. My head was down, my steps were slow, and frankly, I’d have cried on the spot if I hadn’t been too tired to summon up tears. I didn’t notice the lady standing just outside the flower shop to one side until she chirped, “Would you like some flowers?”
I was so deep in my crap it took a minute for my brain to process she was talking to me. “I’m sorry?” I asked, still trying to replay the question she’d asked in my head.
“Would you like some flowers?” The woman’s smile indicated just how much she loved her job and that the end of the day for her was WAY different than the end of the day for me. “They’re too mature for me to sell and you looked like you could use a pick-me-up.”
Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle, I thought. I started to say, “Oh, that’s ok. Thanks anyway,” but my brain scratched that sentence off the board and replied with, “I’d love that. Thanks!” instead.
They were beautiful. A dozen pale lilac blooms that bordered on pink with one flaming hot pink one in the center. I sat in my car and smelled them the whole way home.
Such a small act. They’d have gone in the trash if they hand’t gone home with me. And damned if they didn’t make it a good five days at home before they finally gave up the ghost. (Well, almost all of them made it five days. I shared them with my girls who promptly decided de-petalling them was a lot more fun than watching them wilt in a vase.)
Interestingly, I’m setting in a hotel room in Houston, facing another rough week and the woman’s kind gift is on my mind. It’s making me re-evaluate what I take into the week to come. Maybe if I focus on giving I can keep myself more balanced and cause a ripple in someone else’s life at the same time. At least that’s how I’m starting the week–we’ll see how things turn out come Friday when I land back in Tulsa.
What about you? Have any recent acts of kindness you’ve experienced? Were you the giver? The receiver? What happened? Maybe if you share your stories, you’ll inspire someone else and we can cause a bigger ripple all around.