I was inspired last week to start a new blog series while I sat inside a McDonald’s play area of all places. With the latest Florida high school mass shooting, I think it’s important to take an inventory of the acts of kindness and good things we do experience on a regular, if not daily, basis. It may be easy to miss them but when we don’t, it gives us a feel good moment that sometimes we just need to get by a tough day or add on to a wonderful day.
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Acts of Kindness and Good Things Challenge: A Blog Series
Last week I was sitting at McDonald’s play area and was just looking around at the employees and parents with me in this room. There are many other play areas in town but I always seemed to find myself at this one. It’s my kids’ favorite place to go and I started to ask myself why that was. The play place structure, food, and toys was like that of any other. Then the sweet older lady that worked there came up to my boys and I. She knew them by name and asked them:
“How are you cute boys doing today?” as she pulled out cards from her apron. She handed each my boys a playing card with a service dog from the Rio Rancho Police Department’s K-9 Unit. She also gave them stickers and asked me if I needed anything at all from the front so I didn’t have to leave my boys to go and get it. She proceeded to talk to my son about how great he was doing writing his name on his Valentine’s Day cards and how kind of him it was to do that for his friends at school. It was the normal sweet conversation we always had with her when we would come there.
Then it dawned on me why I came to this McDonald’s every single Monday morning. It was this sweet older lady that my kids loved and that all the parents subconsciously appreciated. She didn’t have to talk to my kids and she definitely didn’t have to go and get me anything from the front because everything was in plain sight for everyone and anyone to get themselves. She did it because it was the kind thing to do and probably because she loved doing it. All the other employees were younger ranging from teenagers to mid-30’s and besides counter service courtesy, they went about their day completely unaffected by your presence.
This Week’s Challenge
With this new blog series, I want to inspire and challenge you every week. This week’s Acts of Kindness Challenge is visit your local McDonald’s, Burger King, or any other restaurant and ask at least one person if there is something they need from the front. It could be a refill, some salt and pepper, or ketchup packets. Will you take the time, approximately less than a minute or 30 seconds, to do something so small and yet so kind?
Do you accept my challenge?
Have you had anyone do something kind for you in a restaurant-style environment like my story here? How did it make you feel or how would you think you felt had someone done something kind for you?
I would really love to hear from you even if you didn’t accept my challenge! Leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought of this story. If you accepted my challenge, I would love for you to tell me about it; what you did, how it made you feel, etc.
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