I had something really beautiful happen to me today. It was a good reminder of what kindness toward our fellow humans should look like.
I had to stop at a grocery store, just needed a few things. There was quite a line at the check out. It was a little after 5.30 p.m., so a lot of hard-working people getting their dinners. There was man in front of me doing the same thing. He wore a bright yellow t-shirt that had some local construction company logo, overalls and big boots. Probably worked hard today on a construction site somewhere on Maui.
He paid for his groceries and the cashier already started checking out mine. He suddenly turned toward me and said: “I’ll pay for your groceries.”
I stopped for a moment, I thought I didn’t understand. “I’m sorry, what did you say?”
“I’ll pay for your groceries.”
I was so shocked, it took me a moment to get my act together. “You didn’t have to do that. Thank you.”
He was already living: “It’s ok, I wanted to.”
My cashier was a bit surprised as well. “People used to do that on Hawaii a lot before. I haven’t seen this happen in quite a while. I’m glad I have. This is true Christmas spirit!” The wave of kindness spread around the store in seconds I could her people saying: “He paid for her groceries. How nice. We should do this more often.”
I tried to be as fast as I could, I wanted to catch up with him at the parking lot. As I was walking out, a little five-year old boy held the door for me. He was really cute, big brown eyes, curly brown hair and a big smile on his little face. I was still under the impression of what had just happened at the cash register, but I still said to the boy; “Thank you, that’s nice of you.”
I didn’t expect him to hear me or respond. He is five after all, he probably wasn’t even aware of what I just said. But he was: “You are welcome. Happy Holidays to you.”
I was really surprised, this five-year old is so nice, but I really wanted to catch up with my benefactor, so I just quickly replied to that dear boy: “Thank you. You too!” He smiled and waved.
I ran over the parking lot and caught up with the kind man as he was about to get into his truck. He was surprised to see me.
“I just wanted to say thank you. That was really nice of you.”
“It’s nothing. I’ve been meaning to do an act of kindness for a while and it just seemed like a right time to do it. I needed it.”
“I’ll pay it forward. Thank you again, it was a good reminder for me as well.”
We hugged and he left.
Imagine what the world would be like if this was how we treated each other all the time? We probably wouldn’t need governments or money. We would just do things for each other and be happy. We don’t have to necessarily buy things for each other, we can just hold doors, say something nice or simply smile. That amazing five-year old did it all. He made the future look really bright.
For all those dreamers like me out there, this really is a good reminder that a better world starts with us and any situation could be a good opportunity to extend love and kindness. Let’s not miss it.