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I feel good….duh duh duh duh duh!

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Posted: Friday, July 14, 2017 11:42 am

I’m sure all of us wonder if we really make a difference. Have we done anything in our lives to change an outlook for someone? Have we cheered up someone when they were down and out? Did we make someone’s day? Can we really make an impact on someone’s life?

This past weekend, a few people made my day with the simplest of acts.

Last Friday, Mr. Wonderful and I were tired from the grueling week of work and things going wrong at home…pool pump broke…garage door broke…mosquitos…and more. I called him before leaving the office and suggested we go out for dinner as neither one of us felt like cooking. We decided to meet at Mama Mia’s. Now as everyone in town knows, you can’t go to Mama Mia’s without seeing someone you know and indeed, we saw three groups of people who we knew or at least I knew. We chatted with a few and then had a wonderful dinner.

As we finished dining, the waiter came to our table and informed us that our check had been paid. We were shocked and asked by who. The waiter said he only knew that the waitress from another table said that the couple at the other table in the front paid our bill. We were shocked. I know who paid it as they waived to me and I greeted them when we walked in. We never expected that but boy, what a wonderful surprise and what a nice feeling it put in our hearts that someone would think enough of us to make our day like that. An unnecessary thing but we are so very grateful of such a caring gesture.

On Sunday, I always go to breakfast at Sam’s with our 8 am mass group. We sit and chat and it just has become a tradition with us and don’t like when we miss. Sometimes we have 20 people and sometimes 6. It depends on our snowbird friends but we always have a good time. I ordered and had a very nice breakfast. Terrie, our weekly waitress, was handing out the checks and I waited. When she had no more in her hands she turned to me and said, “Some nice customer has paid your bill.” “What?” I responded. She proceeded to tell me that someone who knew me and who I had done a lot for had paid my bill. I scanned the restaurant and did not see anyone I knew or had done anything for. I still have not figured out who paid the bill but once again, what a nice feeling to know that you unknowingly have done something for someone that they appreciate.

What’s the point here?

It is not that someone paid for my meals but the feeling that this little gesture provided. My heart is just full. I feel very loved and cared about and you know what? Every now and then everyone needs to feel this way.

Where do I go from here?

I realized how good I felt when this happened. Now it is my turn. I definitely will be looking out for that special someone who I’d like to give a little thank you to. Someone who I hope will feel as loved and special as Mr. Wonderful and I did. It may be someone who I don’t know but looks like they could use a pick-me-up.

Where do you go from here?

Would it be all that bad if each one of us try to do something special for someone this week? Maybe make it a once a week plan? It doesn’t have to be anything grand. How about picking up a bunch of fresh flowers for someone and dropping it on their doorstep? Can’t afford that? How about letting someone merge in or turn before you instead of having to be first? How about a little note in a person’s mailbox saying how special they are? How about just saying hello to someone you pass maybe in the parking lot or in the store?

Everyone, including me, complains about how miserable people are and how everyone has an attitude. Drivers are horrible and could care less if they cut you off. People don’t say hello. We have become an unfriendly society and maybe…just maybe…one person at a time, we can change those hearts and make someone feel extra special this week. Yes, I felt good with these simple gestures but I would imagine I will feel great when I also give to someone else.

Like James Brown sings…next week let’s all be singing…Wo! I feel good, I knew that I would, now I feel good, I knew that I would, now. So good, so good, I got you!

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