One day last week, we were having lunch at Burger King.
A lady and a young boy (son or grandson, I assume) come in the restaurant and are carrying a box.
I see the lady say something to three of the workers who have gathered at the counter after she placed an order.
She says something to them and then opens the box. For a moment, they look at her questioningly, but then smile as they reach in the box and take something out.
The lady then stops at the soda machine and fills her and the boy’s cup.
They approach two patrons at a table and I observe a similar question and look, followed by a smile and taking something from this box.
She approached our table and I finally learn what she is doing.
“Would you like some words of encouragement?” she asks us as she opens the box.
“I’m sorry, what was that?” I say.
She repeats her question and I see the box is filled with tiny folded papers and those rubber band bracelets with words on them. She tells me to take whatever I want.
I take a paper, say thank you and she and the boy move on.
Unfolding the paper, it reads, “YOU ARE SPECIAL! Believe it!”
It was such a nice thing to do for complete strangers. What a simple and quiet way to show compassion to others!
I am very impressed with the way she is teaching the child how to be good and kind to others and expect nothing in return. He has been a quiet part of this with her, observing her unconditional love for her fellow human beings. How will this affect him as he grows up?
It was a very nice experience and one I think we can learn from. You never know what another is struggling with in their mind, heart, or soul. You can always just be kind. You do not have to do an overt act like this lady did (but you can!), but you can just be nice and smile at others. The cashiers, the grocery baggers, the mail/package deliverers, the person staring at you from the other car….just everyone.
Why? Because you are special. You are capable of kindness. You know how good it feels to receive encouragement. It feels good to give encouragement, too. Life is better when lived through love, not grievances and hatred. The world is not against you. Do not be against the world .
Have a great week!
Keep dancing forward!