The school I work at has a different theme each month and this month the theme is ACTS OF KINDNESS. I love this theme. One thing we, as a society lack, is compassion. We are so caught up in our own agenda, that we forget what it means to be generous and kind to one another.
Today I recalled an act of kindness I experienced three years ago, that has always stuck with me. I was driving to New York to visit a friend and got stuck on an incredibly busy bridge with a toll. One man had gotten in the wrong lane and was now trying to get back in the lane I was in, which had bumper to bumper traffic. We were creeping along like slugs. No one wanted to let the man in. Every time he tried, people honked at him and sped up. Finally, when he tried to get in front of me, I let him. I was already going to be stuck in traffic, so what difference would one car make? When I reached the toll booth, the woman working said,
“Did you let that man go in front of you? He paid your toll for you. You can go ahead.”
The man had paid my $6.00 toll. I had shown him an act of kindness, and he showed me one in return. It made my day.
I remembered that incident today when I found myself at another toll, but this time I was the one who had gotten in the wrong lane and was waiting for someone to let me in. When a van stopped to let me switch into the lane, I felt grateful. As I pulled up to the toll booth, I told the woman working that I wanted to pay for myself and for the car behind me because they had let me in, and to please let them know. She nodded and a genuine smile spread across her face, pleased to see this exchange. All it takes is one act, and you can brighten someone’s day. So what will your act of kindness be?