I have been surprised recently by how nice people have been to random strangers, like me! It began last week when I pulled up to the Dunkin’ Donuts drive-thru, and the cashier told me the car in front of me paid for my breakfast. It was a “pay it forward,” she said that had been going on all morning. Every single car paid for the one ahead of it! I felt a little guilty that we had splurged on a couple of Coolatas, and my bill was $10.81, which is fairly egregious for Dunkin’, but I honked at the car in front of me and paid for the one behind me.
Another act of random kindness was last night when I took my son fishing off the dock at the beach. Okay, I really shouldn’t say I took him fishing, because, clearly, I had no clue what I was doing. (I watched a You Tube video on how to tie the lure on the hook) So my son’s line was all loose and all over the place, like he was in A River Runs Through It and fly fishing, except we were on the ocean. So, after trying to reel it in for about five minutes and getting nowhere, I implored a man who pulled up next to us on his boat to help us out. He looked like a fisherman, and, sure enough, he was. He took the time to explain to me and my son how to tie the lure and also how to fix the line. I was so grateful!
Lastly, the door to my fence blew off in the wind yesterday morning. My neighbor, and older man, came over with my dog letting me know he was out on the loose. Then, without me asking, he fixed my fence, nailing it back together and patching it up with wood he had in his garage. I didn’t even ask him to do this, and he fixed it! So I bought him a bottle of Merlot to reciprocate, which I know he likes from his daughter telling me so, and I left it for him with a note in his door.
I think in times like these it’s so nice when people do random acts of kindness. Not to toot my own horn (okay, I will…wait, stop, wait, yeah, no), I got the Citizenship Award when I was younger because I was always considerate of others’ feelings. I am trying to think of some random things we can now do to make other people feel better:
- Leave a flower on someone’s doorstep
- Buy a friend a subscription to a magazine they may like
- Write a real letter to one of your parents and mail it
- Watch a friend’s child for them for an hour so they can run errands or go for a jog
- Leave your favorite inspirational book for someone in their mailbox with a note
These are all things we can do to make someone’s day. Random acts of kindness can go a long way to improving all of our lives!