I stopped at Fresh & Easy to get some $2 wine and to spend my $25 gift certificate they gave me for showing up to their headquarters for BloggerFest '10.
I was standing in the refrigerated aisle, peering at the hummus selection.
A lady next to me said sadly "I was looking for one specific thing that they don't have."
I said "The lemon-cilantro hummus, right? Me, too!"
We commiserated at the absence of the lemon-cilantro hummus. It really is the kind of good that makes you commiserate with strangers.
"I had a day off tomorrow and was just imagining myself having a little snack of some crackers and that hummus," she said.
I could see she had A Plan. And now that plan was ruined by this blank spot on the shelf where Lemon-Cilantro hummus should be.
I headed off to the wine aisle and wandered on through the store.
The lady came up to me.
"Um, not to be a stalker, but I found an employee and they found some of that hummus and there are only a few out there, so if you want some, you might want to go get it before they run out."
See, my people? See how that works?
The lady knew I wanted hummus and she was kind enough to track me down 3 aisles later so I would not miss out. A little kindness, to be sure, but a kindness that made my life a smidge happier. It just put a smile on my face.
THAT is how we do it. Each one of us taking care, thinking of others, going just a little out of our way. That's what makes the world a better place, drop by drop, bit by bit, seed by tiny seed. That's the ONLY thing that is going to make this world a better place.
Every time I open that carton of hummus I think of that lady and send a happy thought her way. She deserves it.