I received an email from a dear friend and she told me about a recent, super-encouraging situation she experienced. Below is her story.
“I have to tell you something that happened today - and after it happened, I was in my car tearing up at the generosity and thoughtfulness of what was done.
Yesterday, I went to Aldi to get some shopping done. I needed to do major shopping as I hadn't done it for about two weeks, and I had a lot of pantry staples to purchase.
I was in the check out lane with a cartload of groceries, and as I picked up the carton of light sour cream to put it on the conveyor belt, I noticed there was some sour cream on the bottom of the carton. I flipped the light sour cream carton over and saw that there was a crack across the bottom of the carton. To make matters worse, some of the sour cream had gotten on the conveyor belt. I put the light sour cream carton, flipped upside down, on the conveyor belt and put my other groceries around it. As soon as the cashier was done with the person in front of me, I planned to ask her throw away the sour cream and then let me clean up the mess.
There was a guy in line behind me who appeared to be about 60 years old. He smiled at me and made some crack about how "you're not supposed to open the food until you get home." I smile and joked back, "Well, I WAS kinda hungry..." When I get to the front of the line, I told the cashier what happened, and she just laughed and then cleaned up the conveyor belt for me. (Even though I said I would!) I then noticed that the person who had checked out just ahead of me happened to set aside a few items that she couldn't afford. One of the items, the only refrigerated item, was a carton of sour cream. I thought, "PERFECT! I'll save someone a trip from having to put that back in the refrigerated section and I’ll buy it!" I told the cashier that I would take the unwanted sour cream and she said, "It's not light, but is that ok with you?" At this point I really didn't care, and I wasn't going to hold up the line just to go get a light sour cream...so I figured this worked out well.
All of a sudden, the gentleman who had been standing behind me showed up (I did not realize that he had left the line), and he was holding a new carton of light sour cream. He said, "I wanted to do something nice for you, and I just can't afford to buy your groceries. But I thought I could at least so something to help and get you another carton of light sour cream." And then he said (and I can't believe this), "I wanted to help because it looks like you're a woman trying to hold the world together."
I thanked him profusely, paid for my groceries and started to bag my order. He only had a few items, and as he walked out, he told me to have a good day. I got to the car, called my husband to tell him about what had happened and it made me cry! I told my husband this guy was way too old to be hitting on me…it was purely an act of simple kindness. This man knew exactly what I needed to hear to feel a sense of relief and worth. The man didn't know this, but as I was standing in line, I was doing a lot of thinking and praying. I was asking God yet again why He would allow my husband to lose his job and take new job opportunities away from him. God sure does amazing things and uses people in some cool ways.
This little act of kindness made my ENTIRE day. I thought of the purpose behind your blog, and I just had to share my story!”
Cool story, huh? This was truly a “small thing” that this man did for my friend…and yet the affect was multiplied a hundred-fold! This man understood that sometimes we WANT to do the big, super-meaningful things, like pay for someone’s groceries, but we can’t. He then took the initiative to do what he could, and it meant the world to the recipient of his kind action and thoughtfulness.
Let’s all look for something we can do to show love, thoughtfulness, compassion, and care to someone else. Our effort, no matter how small, can have a monumental positive affect and that should not be overlooked!
Look for ways to be thoughtful and give someone else a “sour cream” story! I’d love to hear about it!