The Empty Seat Next to Mine
--by jacqueline, posted Dec 6, 2007
I've been holding on to a good bunch of Smile Cards for some time now and decided it was about time I started using them more often! Any opportunity I get, no matter how big or small I am going to do an act of kindness and encourage the pay-it-forward idea.
The other day I attended a large business event. I was seated in a row of seats where all chairs were taken except for one chair next to me. It was the only good viewing spot left in the room. There were other chairs available, but they were a distance away and to the side of the room.
A few minutes later, two young men stood near me gazing the auditorium for the best seats they could find. "How many seats do you need?" I inquired. "Two," one of them replied. I flashed back to my Smile Card resolution and immediately got up. "Here, you can my seat and the one next to mine. I'll go find another single seat."
Little bit surprised-yet-delighted, they insisted I stay there and that they didn't expect me to move just for them. I said, "Consider it a random act of kindness. Here, take this card and pay-it-forward. Have a great day!".
I walked off feeling great. The two young men read the Smile Card with great big smiles on their faces and thanked me from across the room. Just seeing the joy on their faces filled my heart with incredible love.