Wednesday, January 16, 2013
A Few More
I got home from Orlando this evening and this is the first chance I've had to blog about a few acts of kindness over the past day or two. In no particular order, I'll write about them here.
When I got to Orlando yesterday, after successfully retrieving my bags from baggage claim, I went to the US Airways baggage office down there and let them know that I wanted to report that I had no problems at all. There were three or four people working behind the counter and they not only smiled, but they all gave me a big ovation. They laughed and were appreciative to hear some good comments for a change.
After dinner last night I went for a walk in the area surrounding the hotel. It was a nice night and I found a frozen yogurt place where I could get a late night treat. On my way back, a young man approached me and haltingly explained that he was from Puerto Rico, wasn't a beggar, but things hadn't worked out for him and he hadn't eaten all day. He asked if there was anything I could do to help. My first thought was to give him my Subway card from the other day, but I didn't see any Subway shops anywhere in the vicinity. I went ahead and gave him $10. Here again, who knows if he was just scamming me, but I don't think so. Either way, he clearly needed some help and I could certainly afford to at least do something.
When I got home to Philly this evening, I once again thanked the people in the baggage office after I had gotten my bags without issue. I'm starting to like making that a habit. It's such a simple thing, but it's sort of like reporting good news - so often overlooked, but worth telling.
Lastly, when I was giving a talk this morning, there was a person in the audience who had a very cool company that helped create ways for families to spend more time communicating with each other, specifically around the dinner table. I remembered that someone I spoke to when I was in Virginia recently was struggling with this issue in her family. This evening I sent her an e-mail with a link to the site. She'll likely be surprised that I even remembered, let alone took the time to reach out to her. And by the way, here's a link to the site. It's well worth checking out.
OK - that's it for me tonight!