My morning started out normally.
took care of my three cats,
hurried to complete chores
while gulping down my coffee,
and then raced out the door
for my mid-morning appointment.
By the time I finished my appointment,
I was starving.
I stopped at Moe’s Southwest Grill
to order a burrito
to take home and eat while working.
Since it was a little before noon,
there was a line.
who I soon learned was Marcella,
was paying at the register.
She asked the woman behind her in line
if she would like a drink
and then asked me.
We both said no,
and must have looked confused,
because she said,
‘I got you.’
She proceeded to paid for both of our meals
– even though we were strangers.
I asked Marcella why she did this,
and she shared that
someone once did something similar for her.
The person asked that she pay it forward someday
and she was making good on her promise.
Before I left,
she gave me a warm hug
and asked only that
I do an act of kindness for a stranger when I could.
I arrived home,
but instead of working through lunch,
It reminded me of two things:
1. Focus on the good
I smile at a stranger
who looks away like I’m not there,
I hold a door open for someone
who doesn’t say thank you,
or someone says something unkind to me,
This was a reminder
to focus on positive interactions
instead of the negative ones.
2. If you’re able to perform a simple act of kindness, do it.
Marcella didn’t need to pay for my lunch.
But she did,
and it brightened my day.
Not because I got to keep my $15,
but because she was kind –
with no expectations of receiving anything in return.
She is a beautiful woman
in the blue coat
with the warm smile.
Her three co-workers,
described her as an amazing person
and said they were a second family to one another.
They said she brightens up each day,
and I have no doubt that’s true.
As I promised her,
I plan on paying her kindness forward.
Maybe, just maybe,
I’ll make a small difference in someone else’s life,
and the ripple effect will continue.
Because that’s what being human is all about
– being kind
– even to a stranger.
kindness and love exist can show up in the most unexpected places,
even a Moe’s Southwest Grill.