Sunday, January 22, 2012

Being Kind

Whole Foods was really busy today. I was wet and cold after a 10 mile run and just wanted to grab some veggies, fruit and juice. I was parched and couldn't wait to get my favorite drink, ALO. To my disappointment there was only one on the shelf. I usually buy six or so. I grabbed it along with my other items and headed to the customer service counter.

"Might you have any more of these?" I asked.

"Let met check with grocery," the cashier said.

"Are those good?" another lady asked.

"They're the best," I said.

"What's in it?" she asked.

"It has 25% aloe vera juice and pulp," I said.

"I always like to see what other people are buying," she said.

"It has only 60 calories per serving and it's not very sweet," I said.

"I'd like to try it," she said.

"Here, take this one," I said with a slight inner twinge. I wanted it so bad.

"No, you go ahead," she said. "I'll remember the name for another time."

"Please take it," I insisted, feeling good about my decision.

She stood there looking into my eyes. She was always welcoming, but suddenly there was such softness around her eyes and mouth.

"That is so very nice of you," she said. "Thank you."

"You'll love it!" I said. "It's so refreshing."

"You are so kind," she said.

"When I see you again you'll have to tell me how you enjoyed it," I said.

"I sure will," she said beaming. "You're so kind."

"Blessings!" I said. "I'll see you again."

Offering that drink may not have been a huge gesture, but I felt really good about it and from the look on her face she did too. Let's be sure to practice kindness daily. Often times it's the small gestures that mean so much.