I ran out of gas less than one block from the local gas station. While waiting in line to ask if they had a gas can I could use, I was watching the new cashier trainee. I was judging his appearance and demeanor: prison tattoos up his neck and down his arms, not making eye contact with the customers nor thanking anyone, insecure about what he was doing...
When my turn came and I asked if they had a gas can. The girl training him (who is familiar with me) said, "No, but we have one you can buy." I like to think that I live in a small town where everyone is able to help one another ... but sometimes not.
The new cashier, however, looked up at me and said, "I have one in the back of my truck you can use, if you'll bring it back."
I thanked him profusely. I was ashamed of how I had been judging and, at the same time, delighted that, once again, the universe had provided me with another lesson in kindness!
My daughter works in a drive-thru coffee shop downtown. Our town is small, so we know just about everyone that goes by.
Gena is a less-abled mom who always walks with two crutches and her son, Sam, rides his bike along with her. They don't have a car. The other day a tremendous storm hit and my daughter called to tell me that Gena and Sam were walking in the freezing rain.
I stopped what I was doing and went to pick them up. They were so cold, wet and grateful.
I was so proud of my daughter for taking the initiative to help others!