Kindness is FREE
Note: The following post is an excerpt from my latest book, Risking it All: One Woman's Adventure Giving Away Her Income. The manuscript is ready for editing.
I no longer have an income. For now, that’s just the way it is. We will get along on my husband’s income, and I have every confidence that our needs will be met.
Kindness is absolutely free, though. It costs nothing other taking the effort to observe where and when it is needed, and making a small expenditure of physical energy to go and distribute that kindness to the one who needs it.
I experienced this firsthand today in our local Subway sandwich shop.
While waiting in line, I witnessed a sad interchange between the customer before me and the sandwich artist preparing lunch for him and his two other family members.
That clerk asked him if the three sandwiches were together, and he rudely responded, “Yes, but you would have known that if you had paid attention the first time.”
I keenly felt the fallout of those death-disbursing words. I quietly observed the girl thinking for a quick second before she carefully responded, “Thank you. It’s been very busy and I just wanted to make sure.”
A very classy comeback to a very mean-spirited remark, to be sure.
However, I could see the defeat on her face as she continued making my sandwich and those for the rest of the customers in the line. Not only had he been unnecessarily rude in his words and the tone thereof, he had also humiliated her in front of a shop full of customers.