Be kind unto others…….
Scott has worked here now for over five years finally we got him to write a column ……………..
It was a typical Saturday Morning, my soon to be 3 year old son and I were at the local bagel store picking up breakfast. I started to place our order and at the same time I reached for my wallet and realized that it was not there. I did the normal pat down of all of my other pockets. I had my keys and my Palm Treo (at least I was ready to work) but no wallet.
I told the lady at the counter that I would be right back as I forgot my wallet. Just then, “John” in line next to me flipped over a $20 bill and said, “It’s on me.” I thanked him and explained to him that I lived real close and could come right back to get our breakfast and that it was not necessary. He said that this has happened to him more times than he cared to admit and hated that drive back home each time.
He insisted that he pay for breakfast and would not take “no” for an answer. He then sat down and ate his breakfast with his wife and told me that “We’ll see each other around sometime.” In this day and age, who is that nice? Sure, we might stop and let some in line in front of us in traffic on the freeway or let them get in line in front of us at the store. John was not trying to ‘flash his cash’ to make himself look good, he was genuine in his offer.
By this time, you are probably asking what’s the point here Scott? The point is, John wanted to do something nice for someone and it made a difference. John’s kind gesture set the tone for a great weekend and so far a great week after. I have tried to be as courteous and kind as John this whole week and it has made a difference.
Kindness and courtesy does not have to be in the form of gifts of money, just be genuine to the people you meet and work with on a daily basis. If everyone out there just did one good deed that was from the heart, our world would be a much better place. As for John, if you happen to be reading this, thank you again for proving to me that there are great people out there who still do good things.
— Scott McLeod