“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