I was a little skeptical with this card. I hold doors open for people all the time, so I didn't know if I'd really see any new opportunities or witness any unusual reactions. But today, as I headed out to meet a friend for lunch and shopping on a busy street in St. Paul, my hubby reminded me it would be a great place to play this card. So I did!
I decided to splurge and park in a parking ramp (it's an area of the city where it can be nearly impossible to find street parking!)... feeling a little guilty for spending the money on the convenience factor. But I ended up parking on the roof of the ramp - at the same time as several other cars, obviously all together! As I walked to the door for the stairway, I noticed them all falling into line behind me - so I held the door for all of them (maybe 9 or 10). They laughed and said "thank you." And I went on my way, down the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator. It looked like I was early for meeting my friend, so no rush!
I got downstairs, and was met with a long hallway to get outside. As I was walking down the hallway, I heard the elevator open behind me - and heard the voices of the laughing group of ladies from the roof! Once again, as I reached the door to outside, I stood and opened the door while they cheerfully passed through.
Once outside, they stood around chatting like they didn't quite know where they wanted to go first. So, I politely squeezed by and headed to the building of the restaurant where I was to meet my friend. I walked inside, looked around, and noticed Jill wasn't there yet... So I stood by the window, watching people pass by.
A couple of minutes later, guess who decides to come to the same restaurant? Yep! The same group of ladies from the parking ramp! So, once again, I go to the door and hold it open for this group. They seemed shocked and giggled - asking if I was their personal door-person for the day. I laughed. I enjoyed being part of their day.
They seemed to be a group of grandmothers, mothers, and daughters - out enjoying a day off of school and work to have a little shopping fun together. It was nice to share this act of simple kindness - and watch them light up and laugh each time.
Throughout the rest of the day I paid extra attention at each door we went through to see if I could hold it for someone - and noticed that my friend always did the same. It's such a simple act of courtesy - and a pity more people don't do it automatically. I know, while I already do this much of the time, I'm going to make the effort to be more intentional about it in the future...We all should, really!
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Things I am thankful for today:
1. Waking up with the hubby home on a Monday. How nice!
2. A re-scheduled dentist appointment - lucky me!
3. Good news from a friend!
4. Another Boom Boom completed!
5. A delish cup of chili at lunch. Mmm...
6. Fun, funky shops on Grand Ave.
7. Exploring the new world of consignment shops!
8. Sharing my day with Jill - so fun!
9. A yummy, light dinner of baked trout and edamame. Yum!
10. A glass of wine before bed. Lovely.
Director of Youth and Outreach at St. Paul's United Methodist Church AND a daughter, a sister, a wife, a friend, an aunt, a god-mother, a volunteer, a woman of faith, and one who chooses to live in joy and gratefulness... Here I write mostly about faith and life - and would love to hear your comments and stories, for I believe that is how we learn and grow together!