Good Morning DHS.
This weekend I was at Taminis. It wasn't very busy in the store, but there was only one checkout line open. So eventually I found myself waiting at the end of a very long line. Just as I was settling in to wait a lady waved me over to a line that had just opened. Boom. This is awesome. I moved my cart to her line and began setting my groceries up to be priced. Then...of course....her cash register was experiencing technical difficulties. Others had already moved into the line with me. There was no backing out. People who were behind me in the old line were now happily checking out while I waited for them to sort out the issue. A Saudi gentleman was standing right behind me. He must have picked up the slight annoyance on my face and said, " Don't worry brother. I am old enough to remember when hardly anything worked. We always had to wait." There was a big smile on his face as he nodded at me. Instantly I was more patient, less annoyed, and ended up having a short conversation with him.
We often take for granted how much our own demeanor affects those around us. We underestimate the power our smile or a kind word can have on others. We forget that helping someone else to change their energy from negative to positive, can benefit us as well. That gentleman at Tamimis showed me kindness that day whether he realized it or not. I'd like to think I continued to pay it forward even after I left Tamimis.
As always the advice is free and you don't have to take it. Day 8