At random today, I would find myself with the biggest smile on my face and my eyes welling up—here's why;
I stopped by my bank to deposit a large check, and order some personal checks. It was a complicated deposit that I needed to split but I couldn't get a cashier check until the funds cleared tonight. So no biggie, I'll do it tomorrow. As the staff kindly did their business, I bantered politely with the nice lady being helped just next to me.
As I got my deposit receipt and turned to go she stops me, and says, "Hold on, don't leave yet. A friend of mine taught me you should never be without at least some cash in your pocket. Take this, until they can get your check cleared tomorrow." Mistakenly under the impression that I had just opened a new account but was out of luck for cash, she shoves $20 into my hand. A bit stunned and trying to process this situation as quickly as possible, with a lobby full of people awaiting their turn, I simply mustered up, "oh no, it's okay—but thank you!" But she refused to take it back. Even my cashier was at a loss for words, so stunned that she couldn't even aid me in explaining what our transaction was actually about. I politely refused again, trying to explain a bit more this time, but she remains steadfast, "No, no. Honey, please—I insist and I understand." I had to finally take out my wallet and actually show her my cash for her to understand I'd be okay.
At this point, smiled nervously, I believe hoping she didn't offend me with her insistence on assistance. But nothing could be further from the truth, so I gave her a big hug to ease her mind and I can't lie—to gather my own thoughts. By now, my cashier is crying, the patrons in the lobby are emotional and we parted with smiles all around. Here is where (and why) I got emotional on the walk to my car.
The lady wasn't trying to big-time me, or condescend to me. She wasn't trying to make herself look good or seek out a moment to be a hero. And while some waited to see my reaction in the moment as the instantly spotlighted focus of misguided charity, I didn't dare take offense. It was truly one of the few times in my entire life that I have experienced 100% pure kindness with no ulterior motive. As I exited the doors to the parking lot, I broke down a bit. This woman—with her own bills and all the things going on at the holiday—was willing to give a complete stranger a bit of money to make it for the day until I could return tomorrow. "Wow" is an understatement.
Pin this at the top of your feeds, share this on your timelines; ward off all the news that tells you how awful this world is. Sensationalist news media shines spotlights and puts the biggest microphones in front of the ills and evils of society. This makes negativity brash and loud but it doesn't mean that it's the norm. If the meek shall inherit the earth, I'll happily give up my inheritance to be just as brash and as loud in support of the simple positives in this world.