“Now wait just one moment. I was told to apply this to your bill.”
My husband and I stopped by the store on our way home to get some groceries last week. As we stood in the checkout line, I noticed that the man in front of us was looking at our groceries suspiciously. I felt slightly embarrassed that our groceries consisted of ice cream, butter, milk, and 5 boxes of cake (they were on sale…don’t judge!). As the cashier finished ringing this man out, he looked back at our groceries one more time and I got suddenly embarrassed once again. As he grabs his bags, I saw him turn his back to us and give something to the cashier. He took one last glance back at our groceries and then left the store.
We proceeded to the cashier and she rung up our groceries, which totaled $20.74. However, I barely noticed the total because I was paying too much attention to what she had in her hand. I figured that it must be money and that it was most likely going to be applied to our bill, but I wanted to know how much it was! Was it $5? $8? or even $10?! My husband was completely oblivious to all of this and was ready to swipe his card when the cashier said the total and said, “Now wait just one moment. I was told to apply this to your bill.”
Can you guess how much it was? It was $20! That was more than I ever expected! I’ve heard of this happening in coffee shops or even at a pizza place, but never with groceries! Our total was $0.74. I felt so bad because we didn’t have any cash to pass on, until I remembered that we could get cash back. By the time I thought of this and told my husband he had already completed the transaction.
There was no one behind us in the line yet so we raced back around and he grabbed an Almond Joy just in time to get back in the line before anyone else came. We got $20 cash back and I said to the cashier, “Pay it forward again. It’s the Christmas Spirit.”
We left the store feeling so blessed that we got the opportunity to pass such a thing on! We hoped that it would continue until it came to someone who really needed it.
“Pay it forward again. It’s the Christmas Spirit.”
The true Christmas Spirit is the Spirit of Giving. It’s not about the presents you get, it’s about the presents that you GIVE! I’d like everyone to remember this during this Christmas season and pass on the Spirit of Giving! Pay it forward to someone who needs it more than you do. I guarantee you will feel more fulfilled by the gifts that you give than the gifts that you receive.