Wednesday, December 5, 2012

So Random

What is it about random acts of kindness that feel so good? I'm not necessarily talking about doing something nice for someone (which is nice) or even someone doing something nice for you (which is nicer). But I'm talking about the pure joy that comes from witnessing/reading about random acts of kindness. For example, this site has was pinned on pinterest and I found myself smiling while I read it. I don't think I am alone in this either. There is something about seeing the pure goodness of humanity being exhibited that just feels so inspiring.

The other night I was on the receiving end of a random act of kindness. I am back at the GAP for holiday hours and it was 20 minutes before closing and a customer comes up to me with a pad of paper and pen. I asked her if I could help her and she said, "What is your favorite drink at Starbucks?" I paused and gave her a quizzical look to which she answered, "Everyone in this store has been so kind as I shopped. I would love to thank you all with a free drink". My jaw dropped to the floor...and then I told her an herbal tea sounded awesome.

Sure enough she showed up about ten minutes later with drinks for everyone. I thanked her for her kindness and promised her that I would make sure to pay it forward. And I mean it. I just have to figure out what to do.  Any ideas? Have you done an act of random kindness? Have you been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness?

3 comments:

Linda said...

Wow, that is fantastic! I always love when I hear about people buying the order of the car behind them in the drive-thru. That's so unexpected and a RAK!

Christine said...

A couple months ago I was wondering through my favorite store with a 40% off one item coupon. I had noting in mind to buy but I just had to use my coupon! A woman, her daughter, and her daughters three friends walked in and the girls ran to one sweather proclaiming it would be perfect! (for whatever even they were shopping for) Her mom told her it was $20 above the budget her mom had given her. So I walked over and gave the girl my coupon. It felt better than getting something for myself.

Katelin said...

that is so sweet i love it.

 

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