Kindness and Light

“As we work to create light for others, we naturally light our own way.”  (Mary Anne Radmacher)

Sometimes it’s too easy to slog along in a sticky goo of curmudgeonly-ness.  After all, the world is going to hell in a handbasket faster and faster nowadays, so who cares about being nice to one another?

So it’s helpful to be reminded that those little “random acts of kindness” can have a profound effect on the happiness of ourselves and others.

For instance, yesterday evening I ventured forth to run an errand.  I stopped at the grocery store on the way home — just a walk-in-buy-and-walk-out visit.  I was hungry and kind of grumpy and just wanted to get back to the cats.

I was standing in line to pay and noticed that the cashier was a tall stringbean of a young man — he barely looked a day over 20.  The fun thing about him was that he was wearing a red and white Santa hat.  AND, he was the only employee in the store with one on!

It tickled me because, for one thing, I admired his individuality and his obvious lack of fear about being different than the rest.  And secondly, it was refreshing to see a young person getting into the holiday spirit.  (It was refreshing to see a young person *employed* also ….)  I liked seeing a geek just letting himself be a geek, rather than trying to force himself to be “cool.”

So when it got to be my time to check out, I spontaneously blurted out, “I like your hat!”

And, pointing to another male employee, he smiled and said, “Could you tell *him* that?”

A bit of banter ensued, with Male #2 asserting that he “didn’t say he didn’t *like* it” with the implication being that he considered the hat to be dorky.

Which it was, of course, but that was the joy of it — unabashed dorky-ness.

And the other fun thing was that Santa Guy laughed and enjoyed the compliment.  And just by saying four words, and seeing his reaction, I felt that weird, illusive happy feeling.

‘Twas only a few moments in time in one small place.  But as a result of a silly act of kindness, there indeed was light.

© November 2011 by Phyllis J. Hanniver


About pjh95811

I am a writer and poet living in California. I love cats, dogs, nature, poetry, spirituality and the Pacific Ocean.
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One Response to Kindness and Light

  1. june gillam says:

    Love the hat story!

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