I had to travel overnight to Florida last week. I had an appointment to attend a court hearing. I was dreading this hearing because I knew that the experience was going to be emotionally sad and I was going to have to keep my feelings in check without the help of Dom or my friends.
I arrived at the airport to find out that the flight was going to be delayed. Great, I thought. Now I have more time to sit around and stew over the upcoming hearing. Next thing I know, the plane is going to not only be late but the airline changed the gate from C35 to A26. If you know anything about Philadelphia Airport, then you know this entailed walking almost a mile to get from to C to A. So off I trudged to A.
As I was stewing and fuming and trudging, I came upon an elderly woman standing alone with a very perplexed look on her face. She saw my glance and asked me if I new where gate A26 was located. I told her that was where I was going and she replied that she was so relieved because she could follow me. I said sure, follow me, and kept walking. Not walking with her mind you, just trudging off at the same speed. Finally some sense of kindness surfaced in my soul. I glanced back and saw that she was struggling to keep up with me.
Now this kindness and decency stuff can be a real pain when you feel like you don’t have room for even one more pea on your plate. I said to God, “Do you have to make everything so hard? I don’t need to take care of anyone else today.” But, the reply from my soul came back loud and clear. “That might be you someday. Wouldn’t you want someone to help you?” So I reluctantly stopped and let her catch up with me and then changed my cadence from a trudge to a stroll.
Of course, you all know how this ends. She was a lovely woman. She had lived all over the world. Her conversation lifted the black cloud that was surrounding me and I was reminded that kindness isn’t hard.
Wishing you a week filled with kind encounters,