Something really interesting happened to me yesterday.
I had a busy Saturday, running errands up and down my neighborhood. Among all the things I did, I stopped at a local department store to pick up some office supplies I was needing. I went there with a budget of $10, so I had to stretch my buck as much as I could. I always look around the bargain isles, hoping to find a cheap fix to my shopping spree. This is what ended up in my cart...
Colorful, fun goodies! You need to understand that I've been a little short on cash lately, and, considering my present circumstances, this purchase was in itself a luxury. I then went on to the office supplies, picked up the things I needed and kept a tight watch on the prices because I really needed to stay in budget.
A very warm, and tender cashier greeted me as I laid my items on her station. This is how the conversation went:
"Hi!", she started scanning the products. " I see you have a birthday party, right?"
"Hmmm not really", I gave her a big smile. " these are just cute! you know, the kind of things that make your day prettier." She started laughing as if I had told her the best joke ever. I laughed back just because it was contagious, while peeking at the final amount I had to pay. It summed up to $12 and change. But then, I see that she starts typing something on the computer, and the total starts going down, and down, and down. She saw my surprised look and said, "You see, I just gave you a discount. Just because you're nice." I thanked her and payed my bill.
The thing is, I was nice to her just because. I wasn't really looking to get something out of it. It was a genuine conversation filled with genuine laughter.
My final bill was $9.53, by the way. Wishing a wonderful and happy Sunday to you!