Recently my wife and I were in Maui, and we went to enjoy one of its gorgeous sunsets by the beach. While sitting there a nice lady saw us and asked, "Do you have a camera?". I replied, "Yeah", and then she offered to take a picture of us. So we stood up, got into our 'standard' arm around each other pose. Then she asked us to lie down on the ground to make the shot more interesting, and asked how to set the manual flash on my camera. My wife asked her if she was a photographer, and she replied, "Yes, but I don't have any jobs tonight."
She took some great photos of us, far better than the cheesy ones that we normally take. We thanked her, and she then walked off and asked the next group nearby if they had a camera. What a nice thing to do!
Last night a friend and I went to eat dinner at a nearby restaurant. After we were seated it took a while before anyone came to take our order, and eventually a nice waitress stopped by our table and asked if anyone had served us yet. We said, "No", and she was incredible apologetic and said there was a mix-up and they weren't sure which server was assigned to our table. For the rest of the evening she was super nice and friendly, and kept checking in with us to make sure we were doing okay. Then when we got our our bill she hadn't charged us for our drinks!
So in the spirit of paying it forward, since she had been so kind as to do that for us, I decided to leave her a $20 tip (our meal was only about $10) and a smile card :)
Recently I finished a book entitled 'The Omnivore's Dilema', a really interesting read about how our food arrives at our tables. I also recently went on a backpacking trip where I was able to share some of the anecdotes from the book with some of my fellow hikers. One of them in particular seemed very interested in what the book had to say. So this weekend I decided I would send him my copy of the book with a smile card attached :)