It's Sunday and time for Sunday Favorites, where Chari, from Happy to Design allows participants to share an old blog post with readers, while still taking Sunday off, by reposting an old post.
Years ago, as an over the road truck driver, I collected a few thoughts and stories from my journeys and travels. In my Sunday Favorites posts, I am sharing some of those stories.
This one is called:
How Do You Get There?
It was late April 1999, when I stopped at a gas station just outside Buttonwillow, California.
I was hopelessly lost, and decided to stop and ask for directions. (Yeah, I know, guys aren't supposed to ask directions, but I did it anyway. I hope they don't kick me out of the guy club.)
As I got out, I noticed a Sheriff's deputy parked by the gas pumps, cleaning his windshield. I walked over, atlas in hand, and told him where I was trying to go. He smiled, as if it didn't bother him that a guy was humiliating himself by admitting that he needed directions, and showed me on my map, where I was, and where I needed to go. I jokingly told him that if I had known that he was cleaning windshields, I would have parked closer. He laughed and I went inside to get a Coke and take care of some personal business.
When I came out, there was the deputy, standing on my running board, cleaning my windshield.
How often do we look at cops as the bad guys? The one who we have to look out for, and avoid, yet here he was, in full uniform, using a squeegee on my windshield. There was no reason for him to do this. I certainly didn't expect it, and would never have given it another thought had he simply got in his car and driven away. Yet by this one simple act of kindness and generosity, he indelibly imprinted himself in my mind. What a nice thing to do, I thought.
He not only gave me driving directions, but with one simple act, he gave me an example to follow as well.
I hope that from time to time, in chance encounters with strangers, I can leave a positive impression like that cop left on me. I hope that years from now, the stranger who passed me on the way will remember me and say. "What a nice thing to do."
Be sure and join me each Tuesday for Tuesday Trivia Tie-in, where readers are invited to share trivia and show off their treasures.
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