Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pay it forward

Despite my current problems, i.e., a virus, malware, and now a dead monitor on my work computer, I have had a few random acts of kindness directed my way over the past few months.

#1: Most recently, I had a great experience at Target. I went into the store about 30 minutes before closing at 9 at night to redeem a coupon for a dozen eggs for free. Lucky for me, my mom received the same coupon in the mail and let me have hers. I remember looking at the coupons and swore they expired that night. Why else would I drive to the store for eggs at 9 p.m. at night? I even took extra time making sure I picked the right kind of egg--no eggwhites, no brown eggs, none could be extra large--and made sure the expiration date wasn't anytime soon.

Then I walked to the cashier, with two dozen eggs and my coupons in hand. She rang them up and I handed her the coupons. "These expired yesterday," she said. "I'm so sorry. This is what I get for going to the store at night to buy eggs. I mean, who does this? I'm soo sorry, but I don't want them then," I said. I gathered up my stuff to leave and watched her throw away the coupons. I was about to walk out of the store when she said, "Hey, get yo' eggs!" I turned around in disbelief but didn't hesitate. I grabbed my eggs and said thank you. Later, walking to the car, I wished I had seen her name tag or remembered the register she was on. I would have called the store and put in a good word for her.

#2: My coworker made me an apple cake for my birthday. Plus, she's been sharing her fresh produce from her garden with me and my family all summer.

#3: I went to Blockbuster to return a movie my parents had rented. I was walking back to my car when this lady approached me and asked me if I wanted a free movie rental. Apparently she never goes to Blockbuster and was not planning on using it. I happily accepted!

#4: When I moved my stuff out of storage, the guy on site not only cut off my lock for free (I had lost the key) but he also totally rearranged the direction it was facing for me, which took him an extra ten minutes to do. After this happened, I called customer service and made sure that his supervisor knew how much his going above and beyond meant to me. (I guess this might not have been random kindness but more or less doing his job, but still, it was pretty nice of him.)

#5: While walking my dog one night after work, I had a man driving on the other side of the road shout, "hey beautiful!" At the time I was conflicted-- I didn't know him so that was kinda creepy--but at the same time, it was nice to receive a compliment.

I guess now looking at my list, all of these aren't really random acts of kindness except for the top three. Oh well, I haven't blogged in awhile and I have been wanting to talk about this for awhile now.


Plus, I think it's important to pay it forward! That is why I am planning on "spreading the wealth" so to speak by doing something kind for some of the special people in my life, but also for you blog readers! The first three people who comment will receive something from me! So spread the word, and don't forget to take note of the random acts of kindness in your life.


Ari P said...

I love random acts! They give me faith that the world isn't going to pot...

I had a random act the other day (ok... like a month ago) - the guy in front of me at the drive thru bought my food. So I bought the guy behind me's food.

Wonderful said...

Ah, I love it! Thank you so much for sharing your random act! I love hearing about it and you're right--it's so much nicer to hear about the positive things that are happening rather than the bad ones. I'll be in touch with you regarding your special random surprise :)