OK, this doesn't go under Positive in the Moment, but I was behind a senior woman in line at a cash register. She had physical limitations; just getting her debit card out was a major effort. Her car keys dropped and I picked them up to hear her say how tough it would be to get things to her car. (It was a drug store; you can't take the shopping cart out.)
I waited half a second because they have 2 staff members --
one not doing anything at the moment -- and 2 guys. So I jumped
in and said I'd go with her. The guy behind me said, "Do I got to wait
for you?" I said no and loaded the things to the car, then helped the
She kept thanking me -- but here's the thing. I was frustrated in
the line behind her too, thinking I'd be late for work and work so
negative already. I was ashamed of that as I watched her struggle.
People always ask me who's going to take care of me when I grow old
since I have no kids; so I asked her did she have kids, expecting her to
say no. But she said yes, 2 of them, but they lived far away and she
wasn't going to intrude on their own lives.
I worried about her carrying
those bags when she got home, but she said she'd take her time. I
wished her a Happy Belated Mother's Day and she just lit up.I hope she
had a neighbor.
Meanwhile, I wish her kids would say, Mom needs help,
let's get her some since we live far away. C'mon, she's your mom and you
don't want strangers around; what if they take advantage?