Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Gatorade on a Hot Day

     Today was a scorching hot day in NJ (and throughout the country).  After playing golf and running a few errands, I needed to stop and get gas for my car.  As some may know, NJ is one of only 2 states (Oregon being the other) where it's illegal to pump your own gas.  I always feel bad for the gas station attendants who are stuck pumping gas in the worst weather - cold nasty days, rainy days, or brutally hot and humid days like today.  Today I decided to at least make the day a little easier for one of them.
     Just before getting to the gas station where I usually fill up, I stopped at the 7-11 that's right across the street and picked up a cold bottle of Orange Gatorade.  The place where I like to get gas always has friendly workers so I prefer to go there whenever I can.  Sure enough, a very pleasant guy took care of me, and when he was giving me my receipt, I handed him the Gatorade and told him to enjoy it and stay cool.  
     I love these simple little acts of kindness.  They're just a good way of showing that we can all be nice to each other - even to strangers.  There's no additional motive, no expected reward, no recognition.  Just the satisfaction of making someone else's day a little better.

1 comment:

  1. Hi David,

    Just wanted to let you know that when I read this, I thought, "That's something I can do."

    Today, I did.

    Thanks for the inspiration!