When one could grocery shop in the peace of the night (a couple of months ago), I headed off to Walmart at 4:00am, thanks to my insomnia. It was a very pleasant experience and I wasn’t in a hurry since work didn’t start until 8:00am. As I started toward the check out, an elderly man was headed in the same direction. I let him go first since he had only a few items and “elders first”, you know. His gift card was giving him trouble and it took longer than it should have to check out. Feeling badly for taking my time, he acknowledged me, and said he was sorry; as he began to walk away with his purchase, he threw a $20.00 bill toward my groceries on the counter. In shock, I laughed, grabbed the cash and headed toward him. We both broke out into laughter as I put the money back in his coat pocket. I thanked him very much, but could not take the money. What a kind gesture from the old man!
If you want to feel better fast, do a good deed. It could be for a family member, friend, neighbor, co-worker, or a random stranger. Studies have shown that you release “happy” chemicals into your brain when to do something kind for someone else. What a win-win, huh?
Thank you, dear Sir, for the inspiration for this short story. I hope you are well and sleeping through the night these days.
“Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it.” Hebrews 13:2