Now a wife, mom and surgical nurse, Megan told us that she started traveling solo when she was in her 20s, right after tragedy struck her life. Heartbroken from the death of her fiancé, Megan decided to get away. She hopped a tour bus to the Baltimore Inner Harbor, and upon departure from the bus, waited in line to get her hotel room assignment.
The passenger ahead of Megan seemed to have a complaint about just about everything. As the weary tour operated politely listened and tried to help, Megan motioned that she was going to give him more time with the complainer, and step out of line for a cup of coffee.
By the time she got back, the disgruntled woman was gone, and Megan handed over a second cup of coffee to the tour operator. He was pleasantly surprised and very much appreciated her gesture, especially because of what he’d just been through. He looked on his roster and noticed that Megan had the tiniest room in the hotel. He offered her a suite. Who wouldn’t say yes to that?! Megan accepted and enjoyed the rest of her trip.
Back to the present, Megan told Claudia and me that the coffee was merely a gesture because she felt bad for the guy. But to him, it was more than a gesture. It was a bit of grace in an otherwise long and exhausting day. It meant so much to him, that he showed his appreciation in a way that he was able. The coffee was no big deal to her. The suite was no big deal to him. But to each of them, it was a well-needed lift in their respective days.
Claudia summed it up perfectly, “It just goes to show you. A little bit of grace goes a long way.” And Megan and I agreed.
Question: Have you ever participated in a random act of kindness? Have you ever had one bestowed upon you? Please comment in the section below.