While I understand the safety precautions in the saying “Don’t talk to strangers”, it’s a rule I try to break every day. Even if it’s something as simple as complimenting someone on their earrings, I do believe it can set in motion a shift that begins with a positive feeling and can extend to carrying those feelings through passing kindness along to others. It’s a ripple effect and everyone wins. It can be disarming and help everyone involved connect to the moment. I think compliments can be practices in mindfulness, or “being here now” in the present moment.
I work part time at a bookstore which satisfies not only my need for health insurance, but indulges my utter book lust and love of talking to and meeting people. Yesterday evening I had the pleasure of helping a nice young lady, maybe nine years old, collect her books for what was sure to be an exciting evening of reading (no sarcasm here!).
As I was chatting with her, she pulled out a tiny notepad and began scribbling something down. Then she tore out the page, slid it across the counter to me, and smiled a big toothy grin.
It was like the (non)Grinch Stole Christmas as my heart swelled in size and I yelped “Is this for me!?” She nodded yes. I asked for her name, told her mine, and said that her note was the BEST part of my whole day and I was going to put it on my fridge so I can see it every day.
This small, simple act was so selfless. So easy.
We can all do similar things every day to remind us of the connections we have to each other. The most sincere Thank You to Hailey, wherever she is, for putting out friendliness and love with her random act of kindness.