Jan 30, 2013

Showing Kindness

At the gas station this morning, people were so nice! It was weird, and also sad that I was surprised by people being nice to strangers. It doesn't happen often enough. A nice woman held the door for me while I ran inside from the rain, a huge smile on her face. I ALWAYS hold the door open for people, but have had the door slam in my own face plenty of times, so I was appreciative of her first. It's the little things, honestly.

But what I loved the most, was the older gentleman I waited in line with for a solid 5-7 minutes. The cash registers went down, the employee was frazzled trying to fix it, but thankfully for her- everyone just waited patiently and the gentleman struck up conversation with me when some change fell out of my wallet. He was quick to stoop down and pick up maybe twelve cents and hand it back to me.

"Can't just let money run away from ya' like that.... especially in this economy!" he said. I smiled and thanked him as he continued on. "You look like you're dressed for success today ma'am," nodding at my business clothes. (I promise this is not creepy old-man type; it was sweet, grandfatherly type.)

I told him a brief summary of what I do and I kid you not.... he clapped his wrinkly, old hands together and said, "I'm proud of you, young lady! You can't be more than 21, okay maybe 22 and you're making something of yourself!"

I didn't correct him on my age- honestly I was more surprised at his enthusiasm than anything. He continued, "Too many young people don't work hard at a young age, and they end up working their lives away and never having fulfillment in anything else. Keep doing what you're doing!"

And then it was his time to pay, and he was on his way. Wow. Talk about a random stranger giving you some encouragement to start your day. He knew barely anything about me, yet he took the time to encourage me to work hard and even said he was PROUD of me?! What a sweet soul.
I'm not saying we all have to strike up conversations in gas stations to be encouraging, but I certainly want to remember how just a few kind words can go a long way. How have you been encouraged lately?

26 comments:

  1. What a great way to start your morning! And you're right - we should definitely all be looking for easy ways like this to be kinder to people we meet - whether they're strangers or not, it really doesn't matter!

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  2. WOW!!! I love people being awesome! The world needs more people like him AND like you, hard-workin' girl!

    Love you so much!

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  3. I am a firm believer in encouragement!! Especially at the most random times!!

    PS. UPS tells me your happy should arrive today! Be prepared for more encouragement in a box!!

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  4. Aw, sounds like you are surrounded by goodness! Goodness breeds goodness. <3 <3

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  5. That is so cool! It's always nice to hear things like that from people, especially strangers! :)

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  6. What a great part of your day :)

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  7. OMG! I love that!!!!

    Also - I should mention that little old men are some of my favorite people ever. Sounds creepy, but it's true! HAHA

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  8. Awe so sweet I love when all that strange kindness happens its like we take the simple things like kindness for granted great post

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  9. I love having days like that! A simple kindness goes a LONG way for someone. My friends Janette and Emmymom are having their first posts today about their mission in 2013 to do Heartfelt Acts Of Kindness. I hope that the people they helped were just as appreciative as you were of this gentleman. :)

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  10. I love this story. Now that I am taking the kids to the daycare gym once in awhile to workout, I always have someone helping me by holding the doors for me as they see I have my hands full. Some people even see me coming from a distance and stand there and wait to help me. I love random kind people. I like saying hi to strangers and waving. Life is too short to be grumpy.

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  11. This post made me smile. I love finding kindness and even the smallest things make a difference!

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  12. I still say things "rule"! So even if no one else does we can say it together! lol
    That's an awesome start to your morning!
    I try to be as kind as I can, and your right, sometimes it's just not returned.

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  13. This is so, so sweet!! Kindness goes such a long way, it's definitely something I want to try and extend as much as possible! Glad you had a good morning :)

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  14. this is so sweet! i can TOTALLY see this person being my grandpa- its so something he would do! he's my BIGGEST encouragement in life!

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  15. that's great! i always hold the door open for people but rarely get a thank you but the other night getting take out i had it happen to me twice and it put me in such a good mood. it really is the little things, especially polite little things.

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  16. What a wonderful post! I ride the train into the city for work and an older gentleman offered me his seat the other day and insisted that I sit down and relax. He was precious and it really made my day! It's important going around and being kind to people bc you never know what they are going through in life and sometimes a simple smile and a hello is enough to boost their spirits

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  17. This is so sweet. You just never know what a small act of kindness means to someone. I always smile at strangers even if they think I'm weird. :)

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  18. It really is sad that it's shocking when people are nice to us. I wish we could all be kinder to each other....it really does go a long way, like you said.

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  19. I love this! Love it!! :) And i've seen some of the sweetest people at the gas station by my work. I go there almost daily for coffee (it's GOOD coffee, promise!) & sometimes the cash register people will give it to me for free! And i always smile & open the door for others - and i notice sometimes people actually smile or hold open the door for ME! :) It's the little things.

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  20. So nice. Its sad that people are just so rude, seriously takes a second to hold the door for someone or just pass a smile!

    That is one thing I love about the south 95% of people are always so nice!

    it DEFINITELY is the little things!

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  21. Aww love this story! Older people are best.

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  22. This is awesome!!! My blog pal Jessica mentioned above that I am doing a Heartfelt Acts each month with another fellow blogger.. Would you mind linking this post to our page of ways to spread kindess? I am sure a lot of other people would love to hear about this story.
    http://www.thejohansonjourney.com/p/heartfelt-acts.html
    can you also email me please?

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  23. I found your blog through from the Brunch with Amber giveaway and I am so glad I did, I love it and I am now following you!

    xx
    Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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  24. It is so so true!! Really I think most people are friendly and want to connect but everyone is so busy and feels like they would seem rude or like they are imposing - when really we all just want someone to notice us.

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  25. What a truly wonderful gentleman. I love it when I can have a nice conversation with a total stranger, it warms my heart. New follower saying 'hi' and joining heartfelt acts :) x

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