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The holidays are fast approaching and what comes with them are nerves stretched to capacitywith overworked folks creating perfect decorations, shopping, baking, and arranging celebrations. Seems like there aren’t enough hours in the day to complete all the things you want to do. The week of Thanksgiving, I dashed to the grocery for a few last minute items needed for our family dinner. The parking lot was jammed and it looked like I would need to park a good distance away. Drat. I was already tired and it was only ten in the morning.

I circled the lot and just as I was about to give up, spotted a vacant place in the next aisle. I quickly rounded the corner to grab it when a car in the opposite direction did the same – both coveting the spot, and neither one of us having our turn signal on to indicate it was ours.

We both stopped and stared at each other. In a flash, the man in the other car gestured it was mine and pulled away smiling and nodding. Ah, what a gentlemen I thought.

Inside the store, with my arms full and a couple of things ready to drop, I stood in line to check out. The man ahead, reached for the items and said, “Here, let me help you.” I smiled and recognized him as the same man who had given the parking place to me. “Thanks, and also thanks for giving me that parking spot out front.”

He nodded. “It doesn’t take much effort to be nice, and it doesn’t cost anything either.”  With that, he grinned and said to have a good day and left.

My heart warmed with renewed energy. Kindness had calmed my frantic nerves and given a certain spring to my feet knowing that everything would get done and I need not worry.

Have a very Merry Christmas and don’t forget to offer a bit of kindness to others if circumstances arise.

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