I recently met a friend at a small tea shop to share a pot of tea and just relax while chatting. The shop began to get a little crowded when we noticed a young man setting up a table with some tea samples. Turns out that this young man was not just a sampler but a self taught tea master. He was sampling some of his own tea blends and had developed quite a group of followers. There was even an insert pagelet in the newspaper about him and his teas that he sells online and in local shops. Today was our lucky day.
My friend sampled a tea that she really liked and wanted to have but our tea master only bought a few jars of that type and they sold within minutes. When she inquires of him why he brought so little of his most popular tea, he could only shrug and smile.
Another woman in the tea shop, overheard my friend’s delimma and came over to her and gave my friend one of her jars of the tea. My friend was shocked because the lady didn’t want payment for the jar. She just gave her a jar of tea and hug and she left the tea shop and went on her way. We were stunned by her generosity. I’m am sure that acts of kindness are experienced everyday but in the humdrum of life … Social media and information overload, we are mostly fed bad news. Some days the news stations are bombarded with the worst case scenario ever. But the good, the kind, the loving, the gentle, the giving are all around us everyday and if you don’t see it where you are, then you must take the time to be the gift. Do the kindness and be the thankful one. It won’t go unnoticed, I promise.
Don’t know where to start? Try inviting a friend or coworker or neighbor to share over a cup of tea. You will be surprised what you learn and gain.