I was raised in the Methodist church, and although I am no longer religious Wesley’s message resonates with me. It is a call to action, a cry for service, a request for compassion.
Wesley’s message has been on my mind recently. How can one person make a positive impact in the world? It seems so daunting when the daily news is filled with loss, suffering, and trauma. Yet, I see glimmers of hope that inspire me. The follow story is one of those glimmers.
As the school year came to an end, I searched for a summer job. I decided to work at a local restaurant called Nora’s. Although I didn’t have any serving experience, I thought that the perks of a short commute, cash tips, and evenings off made it a great option.
The purpose of getting a summer job was to earn money to put towards my work with Project Wezesha. Working at a breakfast diner is far from glamorous, but I got to meet interesting characters and witness authentic human interactions.
I was working the counter one day. It was busy as usual. A man motioned for me to come over. I had served him before. He was burly, in his 40s. He wore a black leather jacket with weathered jeans. He looked the part of a motorcycle rider in a Hollywood film. He had kind eyes. He whispered, “Do you know what RAK is?”
Now anyone that knows me can attest to the fact that all pop-culture references are lost on me. Was this a band? An app? I didn’t know. He explained the acronym.
Random Acts of Kindness. Of course I knew what that mean! He proceeded to tell me that in addition to his bill, he wanted to pay for the two people at a table nearby who he didn’t know. He wanted the fact that their bill had been paid for kept a secret until they were ready leave and above all, he wanted it to be anonymous.
I was thrilled to be a player in this game of RAK. It gave me goose-bumps. It helped restore hope in humanity and reaffirmed my belief that people are innately good.
When I think of this story and reflect on Wesley’s quote, making a positive impact seems more manageable. It is a good reminder that being kind doesn’t always require an extreme sacrifice or significant gesture. It can be simple.
What good are you doing in the world?
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