A man was at a gas station and after pumping the necessary amount for his vehicle decided on a whim, to go inside to get a candy bar, even though he rarely ate candy, and going into an establishment of this kind was way less than appealing. As it turned out there was a deli inside which served hot wings and the smell was wonderful! As the man walked up to the counter, unobserved due to a display of homemade cookies, he waited as the young woman who was doing the cooking, was getting really chewed out by her boss for having put too much hot sauce on the hot wings. Finally the man made himself seen and said, “I have a strange request.”
“What’s that,” the boss asked, a bit annoyed at the interruption.
“I want hot wings so hot when I bite them, they bite me back! I want some just like those there on the stove ‘cause they even smell hot. For me, the hotter the better!”
“You don’t want those. She,” motioning to the girl in front of him, “messed them up by putting way too much hot sauce in.”
“Oh no! That’s perfect! Like I said, I like them, hot, hot, hot!”
Acts of kindness are rarely noted. If someone had gone into that same gas station and had been abusive in any form, police would have called and it would have made the local newspapers. As it was, kindness came from an unexpected and unknown source and aside from the girl’s family, likely would never again be acknowledged.
What’s more, the boss of the establishment should be ashamed of himself for creating a scene clearly meant to humiliate the girl. Yes, she did it wrong, but humiliation, especially in public is hardly the answer!
That says something about our society. It goes back to my original paragraph. Our culture is so focused inward, we can’t see others in front of us! I just read an article about a girl who went into a restaurant and quite by accident befriended an older lady, who as it turned out had been going through quite a rough time for a good many months. They had lunch together and that lunch turned into a plan to meet every week for lunch just to chat! The young girl posted her encounter on Face Book and her act of kindness went viral! That’s awesome! But how unlikely! And the fact that the Face Book message went viral..... proves it's so odd, people want to hear about it!
It really isn’t hard to be kind, even to a stranger! Very often if we look beyond ourselves we will see someone who likely has a more difficult life (at least in some areas) than we do. There could be financial difficulties, relational, health, or any number of problems. We are all human and as such share frailties across the board of some kind or another! It is part of life. But when we can look past our own issues and offer words of encouragement to others, not only are they going to feel better, so are we! It’s that whole idea of giving love away. Your life will overflow and make an impact far greater than you could ever imagine When you give love and kindness, more often than not you’re going to get more than you ever gave!