Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Day 1 Chick-fil-a


Task: I will buy chick- fil- a for the car behind me in in the drive thru line. Maybe the person behind me will buy for someone else. Maybe not, but worst comes to worst, I made the day for the person behind me.

What happened:

I got up early, I dropped by child off at daycare early and drove to Chick- fil-A. Every other time I've been there, 100 million cars are there. Today. It was a ghost town. Didn't the universe know I was trying to be nice today? Grrr. So I pulled into the drive thru, very slow. I spoke into the speaker slowly, "Um, I would like, er, um, Chick- fil- A chicken biscuit and um, I, er I guess a fruit salad."

No one was behind me. I drove slowly around the corner. No one. I watched my mirror the entire time and as I was planning to come back for lunch a car pulled up behind me. I pumped my fists up the in air and of course the woman could see me, but she had no idea she was the reason why I was happy. The car in front of me pulled forward and it was my turn at the window. "That will be $4.75."
"Can I pay for the person behind me."
"Sure. That will be $2.50" I handed him my card.
It was that easy!

I got my food, my card and drove away.

I was stopped at the traffic light and the woman pulled up behind me.

She had no idea I was the one who paid for her food. She was smiling. Not one of those hey a got something for free smile, but a smile so big it reached her eyes. It was one of those smiles that you see from someone and it makes you smile.

I made her day. That was the whole point of this.

She made mine. Because every time something went wrong today, then I thought about her smile.

Will I do it again?: Yes.

How much did it cost me? $2.50

How much effort did it take? None- I was doing it anyway, I had to say one more sentence.

How much time did it take? 5 seconds.

Truth be told I did one more nice thing today, but I will be posting it on another day. The important thing to do is post something every day.

Best part, I don't have to super nice to everyone, at all times. One person for 5 seconds and its that easy.

I'm not about to do something impressive like this.

But one little thing to make the world a slightly nicer place.

Does anyone have any suggestions


  1. What you did was just as thoughtful as the woman who bought the groceries. Kindness has nothing to do with how much you spend. You are inspiring!
    Keep it up.

  2. It's funny, I saw the person two cars ahead of me at the tollbooth today paid for the car behind him today. Even though it didn't impact me directly, it sort of gave me that proverbial warm, fuzzy feeling : )

    Again, this is a great idea! I'm proud of you :)

  3. When Zoey learns how to read her Mom's blog she will be so proud! The best way for her to learn to care about others is by watching her Mom. Keep up the good "works".

  4. Honestly, you're inspiring me here. Saw your post on the nerdfighter ning..