This morning found me shopping in the pre-Christmas craziness of WalMart (wonderful planning on my part, I know). I was out of cat food and litter and needed gift wrap, etc.
As I stood in giftwrap section looking at bags and bows and such, a young woman came flying down the aisle, looking frantically about. "Has anyone seen an iPhone?" she asked out loud. "I think I left my phone here."
I watched as she scanned the shelves looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack of Christmas clutter. Folks shook their heads and moved on with their carts, seemingly oblivious to the woman's distress.
I could easily relate to her situation. Which of us hasn't carelessly set our phone down a time or two? Knowing that she would likely never spot her phone if it was buried among the wrappings, and fearing as she did that someone had already picked it up, I handed her my phone and suggested that she call her number to see if we could hear it ringing.
Her hands shaking, she dialed the number and we waited... nothing, no ringtone to be heard. She put the phone to her ear to make sure it was ringing, just in time to hear a man's voice answer. "Who is this?" she said. It turned out to be someone from the Customer Service desk. Thankfully her phone had been found and turned in. Bless the kind soul who did the that!
The young woman handed me back my phone, still so emotionally rattled that she couldn't remember where Customer Service was. I pointed her in the right direction and she hurried off to retrieve her phone. Hopefully the rest of her day went much better.
It took just a few minutes of my time to be helpful this morning. I thank God that I paid attention to her dilemma and offered my assistance. So often I am wrapped up in my own little world, oblivious to those around me and their needs. Yet just a few minutes of my time made all the difference in one person's world. It was so easy. I want random acts of kindness to become second nature in my life. That's the kind of person I want to be, one who takes the time to care.
I urge you to join me. In the hectic pace of holiday preparations, don't forget to take a few moments to look around and see what you can do to brighten someone else's life... let the person with a few items put their cart ahead of your fully loaded one, help an elder place their grocery bags in their car, return someone's empty cart to the cart corral for them, and above all share a smile and a kind word... think of it as a Christmas virus that we'd love to see spread! It only takes... A Few Minutes Of Your Time!
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