My inspiration for this week’s quote came from a random act of kindness a woman expressed to me yesterday. Her character and generosity was completely unexpected, yet so meaningful. This week’s quote is:
“Character is how you treat those who can do nothing for you.”
In other words..
A lot of the time we ask ourselves, “Well what’s in it for me?” I’m not exactly sure why that’s the case. Maybe it’s because we have so much to get done and we’re constantly trying to get ahead. Although this is an extremely common feeling, it’s something we should try to do less.
Yesterday I was in Macy’s with my mom because she needed a new coffee machine. As I was waiting in line, an elderly woman asked me if we had any coupons. I replied, “I don’t think so.” She said, “That’s ok, I have excessive.” And then she handed over a $15 off coupon without even thinking twice. I was so appreciative because she could have saved those for herself or have given them to someone she knew. The fact that I never saw this woman before and I will probably never see her again just further proved that there are people who will just help one another for no reason and with no expectation in return.
All of this happened while we were waiting for an employee to come to the counter and my mom went to another counter to ask if we could pay there. Luckily, I was able to return the favor by helping her carry her items across the store to the next register.
This might seem like a small act of kindness, but that’s kind of the point. I can also think of much bigger acts of kindness, except I’ll save those stories for a future post. 🙂
So I chose to share this experience because sometimes we need a reminder that it’s rewarding to help others. You never know much the smallest action can brighten someone’s day. It’s a positive cycle that we can all work towards and our energy will always circle back to us.
This encourages me to provide an act of service for somebody else because this woman was so generous to me and my mom. So, this week I am going to work on my character and remind myself to live in the now and to help those around me without any expectation in return.
What are some ways we can pay it forward this week? Comment below!
Be the best you | Arianna