Random Act of Kindness – No, not today?
I want to tell you about something that happened at the store and ask if it has happened to you? I am a big advocate of random acts of kindness, and it is a habit of mine to bring extra coupons to give out to people during my trip, as a matter of fact, it is one of the best parts. I also use it to “pacify” people behind me in line.
Anyway, there were 2 women behind me in line, and in my usual way, I handed them $4 in coupons and said “use these now, and you will save $4” They looked at me, both of them and said “no, not today”. Not sure they understood, I tried to again explain “no, really, just GIVE them to her, and she will take $4 off your order”. I was met with the same brusque answer “no, we don’t need to”.
I left the store, bewildered and yes, a little hurt, trying to figure out what “no, not today” exactly meant. Why would someone turn down a gesture? An act of kindness? Are we so cold that we can’t even help each other anymore? Do we look at people in need and say “no, not today?” Were they thinking no, not today because they were afraid I was going to mug them in the parking lot?
I can’t shake this feeling. It bothers me. But I will not let them stop me from helping the next person behind me in line. We may only have today.