Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Slowing Down To "Thank You" Speed

--by cabbage, posted Dec 29, 2010

I was in a bit of a hurry this evening as the stores were about to close.

I wanted to find a refrigerator light bulb as ours had gone out a few days ago. In the aisle where all the light bulbs were was an employee who was part of a program for 'mentally challenged' folks. Often they are doing nothing more challenging than restocking the shelves, etc.

I asked him if he knew where I could find a refrigerator bulb. Meanwhile, my eyes were rapidly scanning the display trying to find what I was looking for.

He was taking his time and looking around to find one for me. My eyes were drawn to a package that had a picture of a fridge on it but I stayed quiet and let him find it for me so that I could thank him for helping me.

I consciously was aware of trying to slow down and be still so that I could thank him for his assistance. A very small thing to be sure, but I am glad that I didn't just plow through there without this interaction.

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Readers Comments

Michele wrote: What a gift you gave him. The gift of your time. Making him feel helpful so you gave 2 gifts. Thank you for sharing.
trueblue wrote: Good on you cabbage, people with special needs..... need special people....just like you....thanks for helping him feel important..bless ya cotton socks..
unknown wrote: Yes Cabbie, as trueblue says, thank you for transforming a moment to KINDNESS MOMENT ! I am sure, he felt good for being relied on ! love ya, deepula :):)
MakeSomeoneSmile wrote: Small thing perhaps but large in meaning as you knew. Bless you for a small but important kindness that you showed! :)

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