20 Years From Now...

"20 YEARS FROM NOW," Mark Twain said, “you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than the ones you did.”THIS online journal is dedicated to our next 20 years!

Monday, 12 November 2012

Random Acts of Kindness

The friendliness and generousity of strangers is a daily occurance in the USA, and no wonder because studies show Americans are the most generous people in the world.

I believe it. Why? First hand experience...

ONE: On our very first stroll on the beach a little girl of about four-years raced up with her hand extended. Her gift to me? A shell. When I asked if she was certain she wanted to part with such a beauty, she just nodded and smiled. It's a keeper.

TWO: The next day I went grocery shopping at Winn-Dixie. At the check out the lady behind me handed me a coupon to save $5.00 on my bill. Why? Because she noticed I'd spent more than $55. and as a single person she "never spends that much at one time." I felt as if I'd won the lottery!

THREE: Saturday morning on our way to the farmer's market we ran into a lovely lady from Omaha, Nebraska. (John had met her earlier in the week down by the pool.) She asked what unit we were in and said she'd like to drop off a few things she couldn't take home with her. When we returned, we found two grocery bags filled to the brim with unopened items, along with a note saying when she'd dropped them off.

Three random acts of kindness is a week.

Footnote: This has happened before. On a previous trip south we stopped at a Virginia Beach seafood restaurant. A guest sitting next to us struck up a conversation. We chatted for a few minutes and she left to continue her Christmas shopping and bade us a "good day". When it came time to pay our bill, we learned the lady had paid for our wine and wished us a Merry Christmas. I've often thought about her random act of kindness and how we could all learn from her example.

Maya Angelou got it right when she said, "People will forget what you said...but people will never forget how you made them feel."

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