Thank You Is a Better Response
It was coffee at Starbucks with friend that I don’t get to see often enough. How cool is that? I was adding milk to my coffee, pretending it was real cream. She reached over to get me a napkin and a stirrer. For a split second, I stiffened. I wanted to say, “i can do that!”
Then I caught myself. At least, I think I did.
This was a friend who was doing a kind thing for me. She wasn’t trying to make me feel “less.” She was showing I was “more” to her. I hope I said, “Thank you.”
“Thank you” is a better response than “I can do that!”
I almost ran over her small generous act by not seeing it, by being tied up in my independence and my history with two big brothers. That would have taken something from both of us.
That “I can do that!” feeling is easy to watch for. It usually comes in response to a small, generous act that I didn’t expect.
Be on the look out for the small, generous acts of others. People are doing them all around us every day.
We can change the world — just like that.
–ME “Liz” Strauss
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