Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Helping a Shopkeeper
Well it’s clear that my opportunities for acts of kindness this week will not be easy to spot. One of the primary reasons for this is that we’re on a cruise where your every need is quickly taken care of by a large, service-oriented staff. I’ll just have to get a little more creative. I have some ideas for our day in Rome tomorrow, but for today, I had to settle for a small act of kindness I did in the town of Lucca, Italy.
We were to take a bicycle tour of Lucca this morning, but the weather was pretty raw – chilly, rainy, and windy. With nearly everyone in agreement, our tour guide suggested a walking tour of this ancient, walled city, rather than trying to maneuver on bikes. At one point on our stroll, I was walking past a small shop when I saw the wind blow over the cardboard pieces to an outdoor display. I immediately began to pick up the pieces and restack the simple arrangement. Despite the shopkeeper’s initial protestations, I helped him pick up the rest of the pieces so he could get back to his customers.
It obviously wasn’t that big of a deal but it’s still part of the kindness mindset – always looking for opportunities to help people. Stay tuned tomorrow for a more interesting story.