Late this morning I ran to the grocery store for a very quick fill-in trip. I was in the store for literally four minutes (I picked up plums, plutots, and hummus), then made my way to the check-out.
The woman in front of me had about 20 items in her cart. As she was about to begin unloading her groceries onto the conveyor belt, she noticed me – and saw that I had just a few items in my basket.
Her hand mid-air, she paused; and after a brief moment of hesitation, she said (with genuine sincerity), “You only have a few items; would you like to go ahead of me?”
I smiled. I could sense that she was in a slight rush – which made her offer even more generous. I gently shook my head, and replied, “No, that’s okay; you go ahead.”
The woman paused once more, and asked, “Are you sure?” I smiled, and nodded. “Yes; but thank you so much for offering! That is really kind of you.” I reassured her with a second grin.
The woman smiled back, then turned to load her groceries for the cashier. I continued smiling, delighted to see another person in the world perform a simple, sweet act of kindness; and grateful to have been the recipient of the gift.