I took out a page from the Linda Moll Douglas Encyclopedia of Good Human Behavior. The thing I am going to write about here is the manner of life she just does instinctively ever day of her life.
I was shopping at a grocery store I like because it feels like it is a store for people of low means. Also it has a distinctly Hispanic flavor.. If it matters, I also shop at Trader Joe’s because it has such a fair pricing methodology
I was going into the line at the check out place. It was longish line and I had a small order. An Asian man noticed my load and suggested to me I go ahead of him. I thanked him and entered the line as he suggested.
I placed my order on the moving counter. There was a Hispanic man in front of me. He smiled at me and graciously put in the order divider in front of my order.
I was so touched by his gentle way. He had noticed a very tired elderly man could use a little help I introduced myself to him and told him my name was Jorge. We shook hands warmly. His name was Bernardo. Then I said “It feels so good just two human beings appreciating each other”. He said “It is” Then we just looked into each others eyes for a few seconds.
Soon his order was processed and he went to leave.
When he reached the exit door . he said “Hey George” and waved to me.
There was nothing dramatic about the actions we three took but the effect on me was tremendous. When I was getting ready to leave I turned back and said “thanks again sir.” to the Asian. man. As I turned to The clerk who was a lovely Hispanic lady she gave me a great big smile.