My wife and I were enjoying lunch today at our favorite local Chinese restaurant today. The restaurant is configured into two rooms, and I noticed someone sitting in a booth in the other room whom I recognized. He may or may not have seen or recognized me.
The individual I recognized was someone who works at our local office supply store. He's been working there several years and always greets us at the door and has been extremely helpful over the years with all kinds of purchases and questions we've asked. He happened to be eating lunch with his son, whom I also recognized, and who also works at the same store.
An idea flashed into my head, an idea that I felt like I needed to act upon, but which could have been very easily ignored or dismissed. I walked up to the restaurant manager's station and told him that I'd like to pick up the tab for this individual, and to send his bill to my table, which he did. About 15 minutes later, my office supply store friend came by our table with his hand extended. He and his son thanked us for picking up the bill and he left with a big smile on his face. He felt good and we felt great.
I truly appreciated all this individual had done for us over the years and felt like this very small favor reflected a small token of our appreciation. Again, the idea could have VERY easily been dismissed. And many times in the past it probably was. It reminded me that I needed to stay aware and alert for opportunities to give to others and to show my appreciation. It made my day and may have made a small difference in his day and his son's day in some way.
Opportunities to give and to show our appreciation ... to show our gratitude ... are all around us. Hopefully I'll continue to stay aware of more and more of those opportunities.
It changed my whole mood in a positive way, and its ripple effects are still being felt.
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