Had to do a little business down at City Hall today. When I parked in the crowed Atlanta streets, I paid the meter for two hours, just in case I hit one of those “city” waiting lines inside. Luckily, I was out within 20 minutes.
As I walked back to my car to leave, I noticed a young woman trying to pay the electronic meter unsuccessfully with dollar bills. In her frustration, she screamed out loud before walking away. Seeing that I had another hour and change on my ticket, I decided to give her my space and remaining time.
Her surprise and appreciation was instant; such an immediate transformation from one state of mind to the next as of result if what I did felt a bit euphoric in hindsight.
Later in the day, I had another opportunity to get a second dose of that feeling as I drove behind a car with an obvious flat tire. In the past, I’ve pulled up to folks to let them know. Today was no different. However, as I pulled along side the car to alert the unsuspecting driver of his pending calamity, I made a judgement based solely on the look on his face and decided he didn’t deserve a second good act from me for today.
I batted .500 for the day…