I was out to dinner on Friday night with a friend in a Marine Corps sweatshirt. It was Veterans’ Day, and he showed his military ID at the counter to receive a free meal, but the interaction in line was very low key.

As we were sitting at the table waiting for our food, a young boy came up to our table and brought my friend a bag with two cookies. “Thank you for your service,” he said.

That brief interaction meant more to my friend than the free meal itself. A mother had seen Curt’s USMC sweatshirt, purchased the cookies in line after we ordered and sent her son to deliver them with thanks. It was heartwarming.

Think of what simple act of kindness you can do today. Thank a veteran for her/his service even though it’s not Veterans’ Day? Wait that extra minute to hold open the door for someone? Let someone with just a few items ahead of you in line? Smile at the cashier and have an exceptionally positive interaction?

It doesn’t take a whole meal to make someone’s day. Just two cookies will do the trick.

Happy World Kindness Day!

beth triplett
@leadershipdots
beth@leadershipdots.com

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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