Have you ever been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness? I was enjoying lunch today with a few friends at a new restaurant, that was fairly empty. We had the back room to ourselves, except for a table in the corner occupied by a lovely young woman. We were typically loud, laughing, sharing stories, and I noticed that her eyes caught mine several times and she was smiling, as if she was enjoying our stories too.
As we were wrapping up, the waitress came up to us and told us that our entire meal was being paid for by the young woman at the corner table. She seemed a little disappointed that the waitress had "spilled the beans" and told us who was responsible, because she had intended on keeping it quiet, but once we found out who our generous "angel" was, we all got to talking, and eventually invited her to finish eating with us.
To top it off, she ordered a round of desserts--every single one on the restaurant menu, for us all to enjoy. She must have thought we hadn't eaten in weeks, because before we knew it and much to our astonishment, she ordered another round of desserts!
You know, as much as we enjoyed our surprise treat, she seemed to enjoy us and our delight even more.
You'll see her seated on the floor in front of us--don't we look like we all gained about 5 extra pounds today? I was reminded today how giving to others is the best gift you can give yourself. Now it's my turn to share and pay it forward--I'm on the lookout!