Have you watched or read the news lately? Not too much good stuff, is it? In fact it’s downright depressing. Slowly eroding your belief in your fellow human beings. Well don’t despair, there are still quite a lot of good people out there. Like the one I ran into yesterday.
While waiting in line at my favorite coffee shop, the guy behind me tapped me on the shoulder and asked me what I was getting. Suspicious by nature, I guardedly told him I was getting a coffee. What is it to you? I asked inwardly. “I got it”, the fella said. I didn’t. Get it I mean…For a second or two, I wasn’t sure what he meant. It never dawned on me that a total stranger would offer to pay for my order. Maybe try to get me to pay for his but not the other way around. “Don’t worry about it, I’ll pay for your order”. You don’t have to, I meekly responded. Are you sure? There was no stopping him. He insisted.
The stranger asked me what size I was getting and made it clear that I could get whatever size I wanted and while I was at it, maybe grab a sandwich. I flirted with the idea of downsizing and getting a small coffee but decided to go with what my initial order. I wasn’t planning on getting anything to eat but after a few twists of my rubber arm, I settled for an apple fritter.
We engaged in season and weather conversation while we waited. When we approached the clerk, he told her he was paying for whatever I wanted and signaled for me to order. He was good to his word. With a profuse and heart-felt thank you, I left the kind stranger to enjoy his meal.
I acknowledged this deed on my Facebook status and found that many people had the same experience recently. Very heartening, isn’t it? Has it happened to you? Maybe not in the same way but someone may have restored your faith in humanity? Don’t forget to pay it forward. It’s the only way we could counter the negatives of this earth.