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?