Trying Kindness

This weekend was crazy. My husband and I attended a Rascal Flatts concert at an outdoor venue. The weather this weekend was so rainy we practically floated to our seats under a large pavilion. In fact it was so rainy the concert had to be stalled during a brief downpour that included lightning and thunder. Those that were seated on the lawn had to run underneath the pavilion and try to find an empty seat to dry off. The rain delay lasted an hour so when the premier band took the stage, the audience was more than ready to rock. 

But the downside of waiting an hour for the concert to resume was that we had to leave before the last song because anxiety was starting to get the better of me. In hindsight it was a good idea to leave early because we beat the mad dash to the car by 1,000 other people at the same time. 

Leaving the venue later than expected also meant we needed to stop for food on the way home. My husband was also experiencing intense coffee withdrawal, so Denny’s diner was just what we needed. We arrived hungry, caffeine withdrawal-d and soaked from the rain. Pretty ready to relax and unwind a bit before heading home. Unfortunately half of the population of the city decided Denny’s was also a good idea and it was pretty packed. After ordering we sat for an hour waiting for our food. And all I had ordered was sour-dough toast and a bowl of fruit. Pretty labor intensive stuff. 

Throughout the entire ordeal, from ordering to when our food blessedly arrived, the staff was nothing but apologetic and kind. They even knocked down the price of our dinner after realizing our order was wrong–that we hadn’t mentioned. 

There have been times before this weekend that being overly tired and hungry as I was, makes me grouchy and critical of others. But this weekend I tried a different approach-kindness. I was kind and gracious to the waiter that brought us our food, even after a lengthy wait. I was kind to the manager that rang up our order, even though mistakes were made. 

This weekend I learned that sometimes being kind takes a little extra effort, especially if you are tired and hungry. But showing kindness can make a crappy situation a bit more tolerable. It can also help alleviate some of the stress of a manager that is running a slammed restaurant on a rainy Saturday night. Oh, and don’t forget to leave a tip. 


**what can happen if you take kindness too far appears courtesy of

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