I stopped at a huge yard sale and was looking for that hidden treasure. A blouse caught my eye, and as I approached the "cashier" I heard her say, "Well, can't you get some more money from someone?" I looked over and saw that her comment was directed at a child holding a nice looking pair of shoes in one hand, his other outstretched palm displaying a few coins. I was instantly annoyed that the lady was withholding a pair of unwanted shoes for a few more cents. I remembered my smile cards, and asked "how much are they?" . "Two dollars" she replied. "Oh, here ya go," I said, handing the boy two dollars and a smile card.
As I walked away I heard her say to the boy, "Can I see your card?" I decided to buy the blouse and when I went to pay the lady was clearly chagrined. "Where did you get the cards?" she asked. I gave one to her and directed her attention to the web address on the back. "There is goodness in the world," she said.
I was reminded that there are many people everywhere I go who have forgotten the kindness in the world. Thanks for allowing me to be a tiny element in returning compassion into three lives that day: a young boy, an older woman and myself.
Today's Tip: Support a child's fun raising, buy the cookies, the lemonade or whatever you see a child selling. Make their day and simply say, "Yes!"