The kindness in Humankind
I might have the majority of all who read this, raise your hand to waiting on long lines at Walmart, right? And well, we all can agree it’s no fun, unless you’re speaking to a complete stranger who is friendly and even offers you to cut in front of them because you only have a few items in your cart. One day amazing, but the next day? Even more amazing…
With so much natural disasters, COVID, and all the other devastating news in between, we all need more kindness, and also to be kind to others. I will note that I do this frequently for others, mostly depending on my mood – and frame of mind. I don’t do this so that I can receive good karma. I do this because it’s the right thing to do.
What is the right thing to do ultimately, and why would it depend on my mood swings? We aren’t perfect. I have bad days more than good ones unfortunately. But there’s a niggling thought in my head: What kind of selfish, mean person, wouldn’t let another person in front of them in a long line if they only have a few things?
One example, is that I had in the past, run into an odd, concerning situation. A guy at the same Walmart, had a few tools in a shopping cart. He was in front of me. Suddenly, he decided to make his way passed me to go get something else I thought. Then, it’s my turn coming up, only the guy hasn’t come back. I got the attention of a supervisor and told them that guy wasn’t going to come back, and I was ready to pay for my things. They removed the cart, I set my things on the conveyor belt, and paid for my things, with a disturbing though in my mind. The elderly woman in front of the tool guy was very vulnerable and very sweet-looking. She seemed kind. The thought that he would have tried to rob her or do something horrible came to mind. The tool guy had been wearing a hoodie. With the hood on and over his head, his shirt and pants were dirty. He was shifty, like, nervous. Now, I can tell you I’ve gone to the store with torn, dirty jeans, especially when I’m working outside or painting, or whatever plenty of times.
Does this single out a busy, and hard-working guy who doesn’t in fact look at all like he was working on anything, as a potential good guy gone rogue? I guess, yes and no. In this situation. I guess I don’t particularly expect good things to happen at Walmart, and in this town in particular. Out here in northern New Mexico.
Yesterday and today, are the exceptions to that. It gives me hope in humanity. That we can really be kind to one another. Your challenge? If it’s as simple as letting others in line in front of you because they have less items than you, well, great! If it’s something else you consider to be small and insignificant, it’s not… it’s your thoughtfulness and grace that will make someone’s day. I promise you that.
Many blessings folks, Sandi