Happy Easter, everyone!! How did you celebrate the weekend? I headed to church in the morning with my family, spending the afternoon at my grandparent’s house nearby. It was great to take a break from the recent busyness of life and just spend time with my family, laughing and enjoying being together. I am so blessed to have extended family in the area that I can get together often with.
Earlier this weekend, I was in line at Macy’s to try on shoes. But that comes as no surprise to you I’m sure- where else would I be?
There was an older woman in front of me, waiting to make her purchase. It took her several minutes to fill out her check, and it looked as though it was difficult for her to write it all out because her hand was shaking. She finally finished, slowly tore it out, and handed her check to the cashier. He started to process it, but informed her that it wouldn’t go through (I didn’t hear the explanation he provided). He asked if she had any other method of payment for them, but she shook her head, starting to put her check and coupons back into her purse.
I wanted to help her, but didn’t know how much her total was. (I was thinking- Watch me offer to pay for her, then the cashier will say “and yes, that will be $450 today, how would you like to pay for that?”) The woman behind me in line must have had the same idea, but she took hers a step farther as she stepped up and inquired as to how much the total was. When the cashier informed her it was just $13, she asked the elderly woman if she could pay for her today. The look on the woman’s face was priceless; she was so touched by this gesture, from a stranger, no less.
The elderly woman replied that wasn’t necessary, but the other woman insisted. She accepted, and the cashier then said, “Since you were so thoughtful today, I’m going to do a little something to help out as well,” as he applied an extra discount to her purchase. The woman turned to the stranger who had paid for her, and asked if she would leave her name and address. “That won’t be necessary,” she replied, “just enjoy your Easter weekend.” The older woman stepped towards her and embraced her, thanking her over and over.
By this time, another sales assistant had walked out, and was waiting to help me. I didn’t even notice her standing there at first, because I was so touched by the scene in front of me. I handed her the shoes I wanted to try on, but the rest of the time I was there, I couldn’t take my mind off this stranger who had just reached out to someone else.
The woman who offered to pay had no idea why the older woman in line couldn’t pay that day. She had no idea who this woman was, what her story was, or anything about her. But she stopped what she was doing that day, and took time to bless someone else. That, my friends, is the best kind of blessing.
That was several days ago, and I’m still thinking about it! The woman who offered to help out touched the older woman’s life, the cashier’s life, my life, and I’m sure her own life. As I’m sharing this with you, I hope that her story will touch your life as well and be a source of inspiration today. One simple gesture has now impacted tons of people! That is what our world needs more of today. You never know the battles that someone might be fighting in life when you meet them, and you never know the impact that you may have on someone else.
I’m challenging myself to do one act of kindness like this each week for someone else. It doesn’t have to be amazing or grandiose; small things can make all the difference. At Christmastime, I noticed an elderly woman in line at Target trying to reach down to tie her shoe. She was obviously struggling, so I asked if I could help her out. It took maybe 10 seconds as I bent down and tied her shoe. Such a small thing, but she was so touched, thanking me over and over, then sharing with her friend who walked up what I had done. I didn’t think it was a big deal at all… but it was to her. I also have paid for the cars behind me at toll booths before, not knowing who they were. The attendants are always so surprised, and it feels good to know that I impacted their lives in a positive way, as well as the person I paid for.
I would love to have you join me in this challenge! Comment below to let me know you’re in. Together, we can impact the world- one smile, one act of kindness, one person, at a time. I would love to hear your stories of ways you’ve been able to help others- come back to share or post your story on the Facebook page for my blog.
Have a great day!