As I open the door, I almost have to navigate around the people waiting to be seated at IHOP. Everyone had the same idea this morning. Who wants to cook breakfast and dirty our kitchens? All the benches and seats are filled.
“Yes, there are four of us today.”
“The wait is about 10 minutes.”
That isn’t really all that bad. Okay, we can wait for just 10 minutes. I turn around to gather my family. There is no place to sit so we stand outside for a minute until some room opens up. We slowly make our way, moving seats to sit inside the main area so we can hear when we are called.
An older couple walks in to be put on the list. I quickly get up and ask the woman to please have a seat. She thanks me but says she’ll go sit on some chairs that were further inside the restaurant. I smiled and she walked away.
Moments later a man across the room asked a woman that had been standing for a little while if she’d like a seat. She also declined, but it was nice to see him offer.
He had a look of guilt in his eye. Would he have ever offered his seat if he hadn’t seen me offer mine to someone else? I guess I’ll never know, but I believe that acts of kindness are contagious. If you are helpful and nice, others will try to be as well. They don’t want to look like a mean person or selfish when others are being generous.
What was the last random act of kindness that you did for someone else?