"Ma'am," I said, "would you like to go ahead?" At first she seemed startled, and then her eyes filled with tears. "Thank you," she said in a rush. "That's so kind." She started forward, telling me how she was on her way home from the hospital with her little girl who had just had a chemo treatment. She had stopped by the store to pick up lunch meat for sandwiches but was in a hurry to get the girl home and comfortable. My eyes, too, filled with tears, and my heart swelled with joy. My one simple gesture had given this woman of moment of peace in the midst of an obvious storm in her life.
As she grabbed her bag, she turned back to me, her eyes still glistening and said, "Thank you again." I smiled and wished her the best. And for the remainder of the day, I felt happy and lighthearted, like I had made a difference in someone's life.
It doesn't take much. A simple smile. An unexpected gesture. The uncommon occurrence of putting someone else's need before our own. No, it doesn't take much to make someone's day. And the funny thing is that usually, the act will make your day too.