Friday, May 13, 2016
"Have a ... ROTTEN DAY"?????
A couple of weeks ago in a women's group at my church, we were reading the book of 1 John. We were talking about love -- a concept mentioned dozens of times in that book, and one that we all admitted we have trouble getting a handle on sometimes.
One of the women shared the following experience: she was recently in the grocery store checkout line with a full cart of items. She saw that the woman behind her had only one or two things, so she kindly asked, "Would you like to go ahead of me?"
The other woman refused, but not in an "Oh, thank you, but I'm not in a hurry" way; she refused rudely. She then proceeded to make disparaging comments about the items our friend was buying -- criticizing the excessive salt content, and so on.
Our friend just shrugged and completed her purchase. Then, when leaving, she said to the other woman, "Have a nice day."
The woman replied, "Well, you have a rotten day, Miss Nosy."
It was such a bizarre response, all we could do was laugh and shake our heads. Everyone knows a simple act of kindness can be all it takes to make someone feel that this world is a good place to be. I've been on the receiving end of kind words or actions like that from a stranger, and even the smallest thing can make a difference in my outlook. Such acts and words benefit the giver, too. It seems like a win-win.
But for this woman in the grocery store, an act of kindness was an insult and an affront.
What makes people reject kindness and love? This is not a rhetorical question: I'd love to hear what you think. Please comment.