Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Pay It Forward


I was having a ho-hum day. I had to go into Sioux City to pick up my medicine. While I was there I picked up some groceries.

Since I hate shopping and especially grocery shopping I do most of it on-line. They gather up my order. All I have to do is wait while they bring it to my car and load it. All it takes is a few minutes and I am ready to roll.

When I finished all I had to do it was the later part of middle afternoon. I still had a half-hour drive ahead of me to go home. I decided to have fast food for supper.

I was sitting in that long line and noticed a woman who looked particularly grumpy. I felt bad for her and wondered why she felt that way. I was soon right behind her in the line.

When I got to the window to pay for my order I was informed that that nice lady had paid for my order.

She waited ahead to make sure I received my paid-for meal. Then she drove off with a backward wave.

I learned some things that day. The first is something I already knew. Do not make assumptions about someone until you have facts. I thought she was grouchy and I was wrong. Lesson re-learned.

Second: it made me extraordinarily happy that she did that for me. I smiled all the way home. I hope my wave back at her was a sufficient thank you.

Before you ask I did not pay it forward for the person behind me. I was so surprised that I did not even think of it until it was too late. I intend to do it in the near future however.

If you want to make someone smile pay for their coffe or pay it forward at the fast food place. I can tell you I felt so good about the whole human race at that moment. To do that for another person would make it worth the extra cost.



10 comments:

  1. Wow, never heard of anyone doing that before. What a great idea. Keep well Diane

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    1. I have heard of it but never knew anyone it happened to. It is a marvelous idea.

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  2. How nice it happened to you. I'll treat someone, some day soon.

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    1. I will be going to town sometime this week. I am going to treat someone too. I hope they feel as good as I did.

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  3. While making a quick and hurried trip to the grocery store during the Christmas holidays last year, a sweet lady insisted that I go ahead of her on line because I had less items than her. She did it again for a gentleman who had two three or four things to buy. I thought what a kind thing to do for others during such a busy time and I wanted to let her know that her kindness was appreciated . I could not afford to pay for her basket of food but I could give the cashier some money towards it. I did not want to embarrass her so I left the store quickly. This lady’s gift of good will, patience, and cordiality that day has stayed with me, and I was blessed.

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    1. It is so easy to make the world a little bit better. All it takes is one small king act. We should make the extra effort. Maybe it will take root.

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  4. While I have never done what the woman you posted about did, Emma, there are also other ways to “pay it forward” by just showing kindness and patience.

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  5. Such a lovely story dear Emma :)))

    whenever i hear or read something like this my eyes get tears of joy and deep sense of peace surrounds my soul
    i pay thanks to lord that this world still has such precious people who are making it beautiful place and spreading joys to hearts around them :)
    that smile she gave you by her sweet gesture is surely her best earning :)
    thank you for sharing this my friend!
    hugs!

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    1. It is so nice to know the the nice people of this world still outnumber the not-so-nice people.

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