Even though we live in one of the smaller suburbs of Chicago, our town doesn't have a post office. We use to have a little one inside of a bank for years but they recently closed it and left us with a 25 minute drive to the next town over. I never realized before how inconvenient this was but apparently the rest of the town thought so as well.
About a year ago, this sweet lady opened up a little Mailing Shop in town. They sell packing supplies and you can pay to ship your package from UPS, USPS, FedEx, etc. The only way I can see that this shop makes any money is if you pay to mail your package through them or buy a few packing supplies. But sadly, all I see are people dropping off pre-paid packages for her to mail for them. She gladly does it with a smile on her face, even though she doesn't make a penny.
Today I went into this mail shop with a package I needed to return to Zappos. It already had it's pre-paid label on it so I was just going to drop it off. But as I was walking in, I dropped the box and the packing tape split open. This also caused my prepaid label to rip!! The sweet lady that runs the store was there, like she is every single day, and she walked over and grabbed the package from me. She said,
"Well hi there honey! Let me help you with that. I have a role of tape on the counter."
I showed her the ripped label and she said that we can probably print another one off the computer. So she grabbed her laptop, let me log in to my Zappos account and print another label. She taped everything up nice and neat and put it in the UPS pile. Then she said,
"Thanks for coming in sweetie! Have a good day!"
This woman could have charged me $5 for a new roll of packing tape and another $12 for a new shopping label. Better yet, she could have ignored me completely as I wrestled with the door and my beat-up package. But she didn't. She chose to be nice and compassionate and I left her store feeling like I should go back in and bring her a tin of cookies or something. She went out of her way to be nice to me for NO other reason than to just be...well...nice!
I wish we could all wake up with that attitude every day. Being nice to someone and making their day feels SO MUCH better than being mean to someone and ruining their day. And when someone is nice to me, I want to pay it forward. So maybe we should all do that this week! Maybe we should all try to leave nice comments on each other's blogs for no other reason than to just be nice. Say hello. Thank someone for the yummy recipe they shared. Compliment someone's cute baby. You never know...your nice comment (or action) could really make someone's day.
And if you need a cute 20-month-old baby to compliment, I've got one for ya.