Archive for May, 2008

Kindness Still Exists…

I don’t exactly consider myself a “mean” person, I also wouldn’t say that I’m a generally “kind” person either. I would like to think that I’m polite and when it comes to my friends and family I’m a good person.  But I certainly don’t seek out people in the hopes of sharing the “uniqueness” that is me and by no means am I a shinning star among humanity…but those people do exist and they are out there, even in today’s society…shocking, I know! I encountered such a person yesterday as I was shopping at my local grocery store. I had decided to run to the store to pick-up a few things which I needed. I didn’t need much, just a few staples. My goal was to get in and out quickly and not spend allot, like most people, I too am on a budget.

So off I go with mental notes in my head of what to get. I managed to achieve most of my goal by being quick, but I did spend a little more than I had wanted. As the cashier was ringing up my items and I’m trying desperately to avoid exchanging pleasantries or casual conversation, I’m asked politely by the older gentleman bagging my items if I had clipped the coupon from the paper. Startled by the fact that my obvious intent to avoid being friendly did not work, offer the gentleman a look of…”do I look like I clip coupons?” He then removes a paper ad from my shopping cart and begins to clip a coupon for $5.00 off, hands it to the cashier, offers me a smile and continues bagging my items. Shocked by this random act of kindness, I smile in return, thank him, and with bags in hand leave the store. As I walked to my car I thought how this man who doesn’t know me, had no idea I was concerned about how much I was spending and with one simple gesture, he offered some relief, even if only for a moment.

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Nothing is NOT an option!

I truly enjoy using the term nothing as a reply to almost anything that I’m asked…”what are you doing?…Nothing,  “What do you wanna do?”…Nothing,  “What are you thinking?”…Nothing.  You get the jist.  It’s not that my head is actually this empty (at least I hope not).  I just truly despise such a broad question and where it could lead.   Sharing is simply not something I do.  Anyway, I am sure your asking where this is going…I know I am! 

Several days from now I’ll celebrate my 33rd Birthday.  Birthday’s are not something I’m fond of or choose to celebrate, it is after all just another day, and the more I have the more I realize…I’m getting older and have not accomplished as much in my life as I would have liked.  Back to the point.  A couple of friends asked what I wanted to do for my Birthday.  I tried to avert the topic, but my friends would not have this.  I got several colorful choice words from one friend, which included throwing a surprise party (gasp) and something about cutting me with a knife.  Neither of these options sound ideal.   Once again they asked “what do you wanna do for your birthday?” I reply NOTHING. I then received the response Nothing is NOT an option!

I still have not planned anything, and I am hoping that by some miracle they will all forget…Not likely. For that I am thankful for such friends! :-)

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