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.