It was 8:30 p.m., and I stopped at the grocery store to pick up dog food. When the cupboard runs dry for us, we can usually manage for a day or two on some meals made of random stuff, but for my two furry friends, it's a different story. Dogs cannot live on love alone.
Anyhow, there I was, still dressed for work in my black pants and pumps, wrestling with two twenty pound bags of chow. I hadn't bothered to get a cart because I knew I only needed this one thing, but then the sale on the food was so good, I figured I should stock up. As I approached my car -- hugging the bags of dog food, purse slung over my shoulder, keys in my hand -- I realized I needed to find the car door opener to be able to pop the trunk. I nearly twisted an ankle trying to keep my own balance as I propped one foot up on the bumper of my car to balance the bags, while I fumbled to find the opener on the key ring. I must have been quite a sight.
Just as I was going to try to put my foot down to open the trunk hatch, a very kind woman came over and asked if she could help me. All she did was open the hatch so that I could throw the food in the car -- but that very small and simple random act of kindness made my night. It was the simplest thing, and I know most of us would have thought to do the same...but would we have done it?
On my way home I knew I was going to share it with you...and I think for the next couple weeks I'm really going to be on the lookout for those small acts that help to restore faith in humanity. I'm already trying to practice them --- but I want to be sure to recognize when I see others doing it as well.
At at time when we hear so much sadness and terror in the world, maybe we can start our own little revolution right here, 'round the kitchen table. Will you help me? What have you done today? What small act of kindness made you smile?
We only get one go at life -- let's make it a good one.