Kindness

The other day I was on my way to work and decided to stop at Starbucks for a peppermint hot chocolate and banana bread (who am I kidding!? I go every day). As I exited the highway a car veered in front of me and cut me off and then sped into the lane to get to Starbucks. It was rude. I just thought “wow, they are in a hurry for caffeine…”. I pulled into the drive-thru…behind her, but didn’t glare or do any other gestures to let her know I was mad or angry or confused, whatever.

She paid for my order.

I paid it forward and paid for the car behind me.

You see, I thought she was inconsiderate and in a hurry but the more I thought about, the more I think she may not have seen me. He rear window was icy.

This is just a reminder that sometimes it is easy to think the worst of people or a situation when you just don’t know the circumstance or the situation. Sure, she could have seen me and then felt embarrassed when I was behind her. I like to think she was sorry and felt bad.

Do something nice for someone you don’t know. You could change the course of their day. I promise it lifted my spirits.
20121114-092646.jpg

One thought on “Kindness

  1. Ha I remember learning about a psych concept called the “Fundamental Attribution Error” in one of my intro psych classes in undergrad and this is a classic example of that. Awesome story!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s