This morning we woke up and the idea of Sunday brunch pulled us out of bed before noon.
We drove over to the nearest brunch spot and as we were waiting by the hostess stand, an older couple was walking out. The woman led. She had a big smile on her face and made a point to tell everyone she passed to “have a wonderful day”. I waited for her to pass me to do the same. Her warm smile and kind voice made me feel joyful and loved. I looked at the nearest stranger. It seemed her well wishes had the same effect on him.
When the hostess came over, it turned out the next available table was going to take longer than we were willing to wait. We were staaaarving! We thanked her and headed over to the next nearest brunch place.
When we walked inside the second restaurant, we heard angry voices coming from another older couple in front of us. They were shouting at a young hostess, no older than fifteen, for not having seated them yet. At one point, they started calling her names and making rude comments about her work ethic. Their rudeness caused the poor girl to freeze. I looked at the angered couple and said “this is not how you treat people”. After I spoke up, the couple started storming out making sure to wish us all the worst to which we responded with a loud “have a wonderful day!”
Looking back at these two couples we had witnessed this morning it was evident that they had two very different perspectives:
- The first couple was focused on spreading kindness to everyone around them.
- The second couple was focused on themselves with little care for their affect on others.
I hope we remember to be like the first couple. Remembering everyone could use more positivity and compassion. We all have our own struggles and the last thing we need to do is make life harder for others.
I encourage you to make a conscious effort to spread a little more kindness this week. It makes more of a difference than you could ever imagine.
Thank you for reading,