I’ve been thinking about this movie lately and how if everyone partook in random acts of kindness with no expectations of anything in return – even if only for a day – this would be such an amazing thing.
I guess this stems from something I did recently — and no – this wasn’t my feeble attempt to save the chipmunk. LOL.
This goes back to the Thursday before Memorial Day when I was on the Metro North heading into NY from New Haven. A passenger thought he could charge his ticket on the train — Amtrak allows this but apparently Metro North doesn’t. They were going to kick him off at the next stop, where he could buy a ticket at the window, but with waiting for the next train he’d miss his connection in Stamford.
After the conductor stepped away, I poked my head around the corner and asked him how much he needed. I actually had cash – which for me IS an odd occurrence – and he needed twelve dollars to get to Stamford from New Haven. I nodded, dug in my pocket book and handed him the money, much to his surprise.
The conductor came up to me after the man paid and took a seat in the far side of the car and informed me that the man had a twenty dollar bill on him. I had heard the original conversation; I heard he needed that for his destination because he where ever he was going – they didn’t take credit cards.
I smiled and nodded and said I was aware of that. The conductor got flustered and wandered away.
I know folks try to get something for nothing and whether the man’s story was true or he was trying to scam Metro North – I don’t really care. I was in a position to help and as grateful as he was, I highly doubt he was blowing smoke at the conductor. He even offered me his business card to contact him for the money and sincerely wanted to pay me back but I waived him off and told him not to worry about it.
What I should have said was Pay It Forward.
So if you get the chance, do something nice and unexpected for someone today – whether it’s a stranger or someone you know.
I’d love to hear your inspiring stories! Has anything like this ever happened to you?
Until next time . . .