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Monday, March 19, 2012

The "Life Is Good" Lady -- A Kindness Story

The "Life Is Good" Lady
--posted by whitby98 on Mar 8, 2012

One day, on my way to work, I pulled into the Dunkin Donuts drive-thru. I was tired, hungry, worried about money and bills - as usual! I was behind this woman in a VW with a "Life is Good!" sticker on the back window.  

As she put her hand out the window to pay I saw her beautifully manicured nails and the expensive looking jewelry on her arm. Her hair looked like she'd just been to the salon.  
My envy immediately kicked in and I started grousing. 'Must be nice!' and various other mean-spirited thoughts went through my mind. I was resentful of her material possessions and her "Life is Good" attitude.
When it was my turn to pay the cashier told me that the lady in the VW had paid for my order! I was told that she regularly goes through the drive-thru, gets a cup of coffee, pays with a $20 bill and puts the balance towards those behind her in line.  
I felt grateful and very ashamed of my judgmental attitude. I tried to catch up with her to give her a thank you wave, but she disappeared into traffic.
Since then, I have done similar things on occasion - paying the toll for someone behind me, buying a lonely man a Thanksgiving meal at Cracker Barrel, buying a backpack for a homeless guy. Each time, I remember the lady in the VW and her generosity and realize little things DO make a difference because they cause a ripple effect. Now my mother makes a point of anonymously buying meals for people in restaurants.
Thanks, VW lady.  Life is good, indeed!

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