Ok, so I'm at the gym. Just finished my workout. The good ole' R&B music on my IPod is still pumping in my earbuds. Feelin' almost sexy after a great work out. Then....a tap on my shoulder from someone behind me. No one I know or have ever seen before. She hands me a dollar. I'm a bit baffled. She apparently thinks I dropped it and she's giving it back to me, right? Or perhaps she's got me mixed up with someone else (how could she?!?) and she's paying me back borrowed money. No, that doesn't even sound plausible.
After I finally decided to extract The Village People (just kidding) from my ears, I asked her, "I couldn't hear what you said when you handed me this dollar." She said, "It's for you." "Me?", I muttered. "Yes, I'm paying it forward today and I want you to have this dollar."
Well, you can only imagine....I must have looked like a deer caught in the headlights. The last thing I expected on this day was this level of unselfish kindness from a total stranger who picked lil' ole me out of everyone in that locker room. The fact that it was $1 had absolutely nothing to do with anything. I embraced her (asking permission first) and thanked her for making my day.
Folks it's not the things we say...it's the things we do that make a difference in other people's lives. I left the gym feeling like a special light of unexpected grace, goodness and gratitude would surely follow me throughout the day. I'm still basking.
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