Sunday, February 06, 2011
Daily Victories: Small Kindnesses
You never know what to expect. It's a sad truth in retail life that you make very few friends. You might have many customers, even familiar faces that you exchange smiles with, but that personal connection is often lost amidst the throngs. Thus, when somebody leaves you a small box of valentines candy, it makes your entire day.
My valentine is simply a gentleman who had a couple trying experiences and I spent a few minutes talking to him about it. We came to an understanding. I hoped he would still come back. And he did...with that box of chocolates. This came on the heels of a neighbor plowing our driveway during the latest snowstorm.
It's at moments like this that I am reminded that we all are part of a neighborhood, no matter how large the city we live in. Or even how seldom we actually speak to those around us. Yet, we are all human and I can vouch most of us have kind hearts. Each of us looks to our neighbors for reassurance that we live in a good world and it is our personal responsibility to live up to that obligation. It's not hard. It just takes small kindnesses to help keep the fabric of life whole.
A smile. A thank you. A gesture of good will. And the strength to Pass It Forward when you have the chance.
Who would you like to thank? Have you?
Have a great day.