Not sure why, but I was scrolling through CNN.com last night looking for something to read. Way at the bottom, past the minefield of Trump-bashing articles, was a sweet story about a woman who bought a self-help book and found five dollars and an encouraging note from a stranger inside.
She was so touched, she decided to do one, anonymous, pay-it-forward, good deed like that every week.
I love that!
I need to follow this woman’s lead because I can tell I’m getting a bit sharp around the edges:
Our waitress the other day was.. let’s just say.. inattentive. By the time she (literally) tossed the bag on the table for our styrofoam left-over containers I had had my fill.
Now maybe this woman has rent she can’t pay, maybe she’s in the middle of a divorce..maybe she spent the last two days cleaning dog poop off every carpet in her house..I dunno. But instead of considering those things, or choosing to bless her in some way, I pulled up my calculator app and made sure I gave her the most meager, but still acceptable, tip I could..down to the penny..no rounding up.
Eww.. yeah, I did that.
I went out of my way to send her a message which was that I didn’t appreciate her treating us so dismissively. I could have sent her a totally different message had I followed the gracious example of the anonymous person above or the merciful example of God whom I love.
What a missed opportunity!
So.. In an effort to stamp out the dark side 👹 in me, I am going to create a few cards with encouraging words inside and a $5 gift card to Duncan Donuts. In the future, this will allow me to be prepared for moments when my path intersects with someone having an exceptionally bad day or someone who could use a boost or a thank-you.
It will help them..
and it will help me because let me tell ya, the last thing I want to do is to be responsible for tossing red meat at the ever growing beast of bleakness, anger and resentment- inside me or inside anyone else.
(And if you aren’t quite sure what feeding that beast looks like.. go to CNN.com.)