Senseless acts of violence are absolutely terrible, but it hits much closer to home when it’s in your own neck of the woods, and I cannot even imagine what it must be like for the people and families who are tragically involved. From 9/11 to today’s events at the Navy Yard and everything in between, I just can’t understand why things like this happen, and what logic people follow when they commit these horrendous crimes. My heart and prayers go out to everyone involved in this incident at the Navy Yard. I wish nothing but the best for you and your families.
When something that is overwhelmingly negative occurs, it is extremely difficult to maintain faith. When a tragedy occurs such as this one, it’s tough to maintain faith in people. If someone goes through a bad breakup, it’s easy to lose hope in finding love. Even something as little as seeing a higher number on the scale can cause a difficult strain on your psyche. Today, I was determined not to lose faith in society just because of one nut case.
For those of you that haven’t read my “Bucket List 2013”, I welcome you to do so. I didn’t start the day thinking that I was going to complete one of the “pay it forward” items, but my hope was to spread just a tiny bit of good will to someone, even if I didn’t know who that someone would be.
I pulled up to the drive-thru at Wendy’s and ordered the usual… two Grilled Chicken Go Wraps. Considering the fact that it is fast food, it’s actually somewhat healthy at only 500 calories for the meal, and I usually can mix in a fresh apple for variety. It was a little after noon and I saw a packed line behind me. As I pulled up to the window, the gentleman told me the total with change already in hand. I gave him the money and told him that I wanted to pay for the car behind me. He looked a bit confused, and after completing the first transaction with my full change, he then told me the total of the car behind me: $6.91. I paid for that as well, after which he handed me my food.
I don’t know who I paid for, or whether it was a man or a woman (they had very tinted windows). I didn’t look back. I didn’t see a reaction. To be honest, I didn’t want to. My hope is that I was able to give whoever it was in the car behind me a slightly better day. My hope is that six dollars and ninety one cents made one person see that the world may not be as messed up as it sometimes seems to be. My hope is that even the smallest good deed will inspire good deeds elsewhere.
“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” -Jane Goodall