Chris' Corner: Pay it forward when you are out for dinner!

Pay it forward when you are out for dinner!

Helen and I decided to have Sushi for lunch yesterday.  One of our favourite Sushi restaurants is Sushi Hama in Bolton, but we were going to be in the Barrie area, and in Barrie, our Sushi destination of choice is Akira Sushi on Mulcaster St.  During the day most of the parking in downtown Barrie is coin operated meters and we found a convenient space right in front of the restaurant.

As I was looking for some coins, a elderly couple parked beside us.  Opportunity was knocking.  I deposited enough for two hours in my meter and then walked over and deposited two hours worth of coins in their meter.

They were speechless and wanted to repay me.  I told them that this was just a small gesture on my part and that I wished them a happy Friday afternoon.

They both thanked us and walked down the street towards the bay, talking to themselves.  It was really a very small gesture, but the impact was instantaneous.  There are opportunities all around us to make a positive impact, even if only for a moment, in the lives of others... We just have to be open to notice them.

I have had so many people help and mentor me over the years, people like my now, lifelong friends, Al and Peggy Cunningham.  I will never be able to repay these people for what they have done for me.  So, when I see the opportunity to help someone, for the most part, I try and help them.  The funny thing is that I think it is me that receives the greater benefit...

Chris Smith CSSBB
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Comment balloon 4 commentsChris Smith • August 06 2011 11:17AM

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That's great to  help someone like that. I'm sure they enjoyed their walk.

Posted by Donna Harris, Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator (Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com) about 9 years ago

Hi, Chris -- that's a great story and thanks so much for sharing it.  with all the problems of today, there are still a billion small acts of kindness and they add up to something meaningful.  Have a great day!

Posted by Eric Crane -- Your Full Service, Discount Fee Realtor®, Greater Metro Phoenix Arizona (DPR Realty LLC) about 9 years ago

Donna, it was only $0.50 cents, but the feeling it bought was worth much more

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

Yes, Eric, amid all the negative news, all it takes is a small act of kindness to make someones day...

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) about 9 years ago

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