Each of us has a story to tell. Each of us has something we are dealing with on a daily basis. That something can be a hindrance or an opportunity to strengthen the very core of our being.
However, I don’t feel “negative” experiences give us the right to walk around being a grumpy pants McGee, taking out our frustrations on the nearest passer by or stranger we come across. Kindness is magic and contagious AF.
This morning after the gym, I nearly went straight home – forgetting to stop and fill my vehicle’s gas tank.
Quickly, I pulled into the nearest parking lot, turned around and made my way to the nearest gas station.
There was an elderly gentleman in front of me, who seemed to be moving slowly, puttering about from aisle to aisle. I hadn’t noticed him being harsh with the store clerk or raising his voice. Just that he was taking his time with his transaction.
Once he left his place in line, I moved up to the counter to cash out. The zipper to my wallet got stuck on the cash inside my wallet. It wasn’t budging. I tugged, yanked, pulled and even tried putting my pinky in the wallet to stuff the money back in. Nothing worked.
Just then the zipper went flying off my wallet and across the floor like a slingshot. I couldn’t stop laughing while I struggled with the wallet.
The clerk began laughing, and said to me that I was in a bunch better mood than the gentleman who came to the counter before me. When I asked the clerk what happened, he told me the gentleman had been yelling at him the entire time and was clearly in a very grumpy mood.
We laughed a little more and he helped me get the wallet open (finally!) and it felt amazing having cheered up the clerk who was laughing and smiling by the time I left the store.
There were so many possible outcomes for the situation. The store clerk could’ve been rude to me and my mood could have been slightly dampened. I could’ve been frustrated and angry because of my wallet and taken it out on the clerk.
But I wanted to leave that store clerk in better sorts than I had found him. I wanted to own my authenticity and happiness and the joy I felt about accomplishing another early morning workout.
Who knows what the elderly gentleman could’ve been going through? We honestly don’t know why certain strangers we meet are “grumpy” or what they’re going through on a personal level. It’s so easy to judge others, but if we approach the situations life throws at us with love and compassion and on our own authentic truth, we have the ability to change someone else’s life. Or at least make their day a bit better.
One act of kindness each day, is the foundation of creating lasting change for the better. It has a ripple effect, exponential in form, that creates a kind of magic in the world. Couldn’t we all use a bit more magic in our lives?