|The Granola Bar of Westport|
Early one morning, I was walking across the parking lot to my favorite coffee shop. I greeted a man leaving the coffee shop (he had a cup of coffee in each hand and an envelope).
He headed towards me and held out the hand with the envelope and asked if I could help him out. I answered, “of course”.
He asked me to take the envelope. I did and he walked away. Puzzled, I asked what he wanted me to do with the envelope. He answered that I should keep it.
I opened the envelope to find it was a gift card to the coffee shop. I shouted out to him, “Thank you! What’s this for?”
I was gobsmacked. What a wonderful experience. A purely random act of kindness. I later learned that someone had given him the card. As he is a regular at The Granola Bar, he decided to pass the gift along. The gift card originated from the Daly Method.
Whatever its origin, I was delighted by the experience and plan to “pay it forward”. Like the line from Candid Camera, “Smile … somewhere, someplace when you least expect it, someone steps up to you and says ….”
I think we get complacent and normal civilities like saying hello get lost in the speed with which we go through our day. This was a reminder to remember the small stuff. You never know what a small, random act of kindness might mean to the other guy.