Today has felt like the day that will never end. At times, I've wondered how I would get all the places I needed to go and anticipated what the next thing to go wrong would be. When I ran into Subway to buy sandwiches for my kids before I had to rush off to go see my oldest daughter sing in a recital, it didn't surprise me at all when things went wrong. When I went to pay, I realized that I had left my wallet on my table in the entryway of my house when I took it out to pay a tow truck driver. I felt the surge of frustration and stress welling up inside me as I explained that I would leave the sandwiches and be right back to pay. I expected the men working to be annoyed or disinterested at the very least, but I was wrong. One smiled at me and said, "Take the sandwiches. It sounds like you are having a tough day and I don't want them to get cold. Then, you can come back and pay. I've seen you in here and I know you'll be back." A wash of relief came over me. I was STILL without my wallet, and this was STILL going to make me run behind, but that small gesture of kindness and the kindness that I was shown somehow made it not feel so bad.
As I drove home, I thought about what had happened. I wondered why a complete stranger...a man that I probably have nothing in common with...was willing to trust me and offer a "lending hand" to me. It made me think of this quote by philosophy:
"grace is one simple act that makes an amazing impact. one compliment, one lending hand, one thoughtful gesture. all it takes is one second of your day to make an impression that can last a lifetime."That's exactly what it was...grace. I thought about how differently I would've felt had he been annoyed or treated me badly. But MORE importantly, I wondered what I would've done if I were on the other side of the counter.