Monroe, Louisiana this week was lovely. My new job is not perfect by any means, but the group is just wonderful. We dedicated the new building on Wednesday. A local Pastor came and blessed it, us, and we all prayed over it. What a great way to launch a business channel.
While in Monroe, I got some difficult news and had to head home. The changes in my airline ticket would have cost me close to $700.00. I decided to drive, and it took 4 phone calls to different car rental companies to get a car reserved. (Monroe is not a Mecca for a large rental fleet.) The last call put me in contact with a lovely woman who recognized the stress in my voice, went above and beyond customer service to get me what I needed. When I got to the Rental office, there was no car available. The returns were way over due, and she had nothing to offer me. I thought my co-worker had left, so I settled myself to wait it out in the car rental office. I turned to sit, and my co-worker walked in to check on me to make sure I had been taken care of. She took me to lunch, and brought me back just as my car was ready. The rental office took 10% off my daily rate, reduced my 1 way fee by 50%, and I got a hug goodbye.
I was stressed and alone, but not for long. My new co-worker decided to double check on me. How awesome is that?
The rental company recognized my need to get home, and made sure it cost me as little as possible, and put some humanity into the transaction. It was so cool.
I stopped to fill up before I dropped off the car, and this young man stopped to open the store door for me, and told me he thought I was ‘beautiful’. That completely made my day. It was so random, it shocked me totally.
I made it home to a nice dinner waiting for me.
It’s humbling when so much kindness is heaped in one day. I’m so grateful that there is still so much goodness left in the world.
Go be nice to someone today. You will never know how far those kind gestures go.