A long time ago I heard about people paying for someone else’s meal at a drive through or paying for the next person’s coffee at a coffee shop. I love doing that for other people – I have seen them try to wave out their window and flag me down to thank me & of course, I just drive on. It isn’t something I do often enough, in fact, it feels so good to make someone else’s day, that I really should buy other folks’ meals at least a couple times a month (however, heaven knows I don’t need to eat fast food that often, it just makes me feel like I have to run longer at night to burn off the fries!).
Yesterday, I was standing in line to get a sandwich for lunch and had a good old farmer to farmer visit with a gentleman who happened to be traveling through the area. He was from South Dakota, traveling to Hastings (right up the road from where we live) to pick up a pump. We had the standard weather, crop, cow chat…I think he was ok with speaking to me when I got in line because I chose to wear cowgirl clothes that day. Anyway – when I got to the register, he was on his way out the door & he had paid for my lunch! That was the first time I was ever on the receiving end of that type of random act of kindness. I can’t find the words to describe how that felt since I am usually on the giving side of that scenario. What a nice guy!
Those types of acts make me think of my Dad. My Dad is so much like his Dad was…very kind and generous, expecting nothing in return. When Matt and I were first married and trying to start a cow herd, Dad would never charge us enough for feed and care (we didn’t have our own pasture yet, so he let us keep our cows with his). He just wanted us to get our feet on the ground and be able to have some cows. I found out his dad had very generously helped him get started with cows as well. I kept trying to insist that we pay, but he demanded that we repay him by doing something kind for someone else when we have the opportunity. I can’t help but imagine how different our world might be if everyone had that mentality. To this day, Dad will give us vegetables from his amazing garden, meat from his freezer and loan us any piece of equipment we may need to borrow. Yep – I’m lucky to have an awesome Dad!
Make yourself feel really good today – go out and do something kind and random.