I have seen Patrick for the last, maybe year, that I have been working and going to this gym, 4-5 times a week.
Patrick is about 70ish or so,
super tall and super thin,
and he was in the Air Force and flew during WWII.
I have the utmost respect for Patrick and we usually chat a bit.
When I saw him, he was on the elliptical machine,
and he was wearing his work gloves for work-out gloves,
you know, the yellow ones that are for yard work and stuff,
and he was wearing a beanie on his head.
I happened to be on the jogging machine in front of him and when I got off and saw him,
He got off the elliptical and came over.
He told me how he was doing and that there will be a Jazz Concert on Sunday
His neighbor is a Dean there, and he told him about it.
Patrick told me how to get there, and how to just tell the person at the
gate that I was going to the Jazz Concert to get in free.
He didn't know who was playing, but they were supposed to be pretty good.
We talked some more,
then as I left, I said,
"Have a great day!"
I went on with my workout and was almost done when a man walked over to me.
I didn't know him, but he stood there, so I took out my earphones.
"I want to compliment you."
Now, not that I'm all THAT, but usually when someone starts a sentence like this,
I'm thinking, "Uh,Oh. Here we go- do you work out often? Etc..."
This was different.
" I was next to that man you were talking to (Patrick) and you spent 5 minutes with him",
I'm thinking, "Wow, was he timing that?"
Then, he said the nicest thing.
He said," The 5 minutes you gave him were probably worth 50 minutes to this man. You gave him your time and that was so nice to see, I just had to tell you."
My eyes watered.
They water as I think of it now.
It cost me nothing...5 minutes.
I looked into his soft eyes as he spoke and
I paid close attention,
I was interested,
and I gave him a little of my <3.
A little kindness.
decide to show KINDNESS to EACH and EVERY person you come into contact with.
Yes, EACH and EVERY person
and let me know what happens as a result of your day!!
Make today wonderful,
you won't ever have it again!