A few days ago something special happened. Something truly heart warming.
I was driving home on a beautiful sunny morning when out of the corner of my eye I spotted something peculiar -a little table set up on the side of the road.
It was a tiny little lemonade stand and it was surrounded by three little
hungry thirsty entrepreneurs.
I pulled over, grabbed my wallet and ordered a single cup of lemonade.
They clearly hadn’t had a customer in hours. The jar was decorated with only a few rusty quarters and the lemonade looked like it was sitting in the same spot since they opened shop.
The little girl quickly got out of her seat, cleared her throat and spoke up.
“25 cents please.”
The other two girls were silent – just sitting their with their little smiles, hands jittering. I looked inside my wallet and pulled out a crisp $5 bill (yea I’m a baller). As I was handing it to her, she looked at me and quickly muttered:
“No, no, no, mister. That’s way too much. We don’t have change for that.”
I looked at the three of them and their empty jar and thought about what it must be like to be in their shoes. So young. So naive. They had absolutely no idea what $5 really was. To them it was something grand – something incredibly valuable. To them it was something worth sitting there for hours on end in the scorching sun.
I handed her the $5 bill and told her to keep the rest. They more than deserved it.
They thanked me a hundred times and I was swarmed by an overwhelming feeling of joy and satisfaction. It was unlike anything I had felt in a long time.
For just a moment I felt richer than ever. I felt like a millionaire.
But it wasn’t the monetary feeling that had me so shaken that I forgot to take my lemonade with me.
Not at all – it was something much deeper.
It was a feeling of gratefulness.
These three little girls reminded me just how fortunate I am to be here living the life that I am, where $5 is seen as nothing more than a latte and a pack of gum. But go to a third world country and see how far $5 goes. The revelation would shake you to the core.
I want to end this post by asking you to visit an old post of mine – Be Grateful this Season – and read the infographic again. If anything, it will remind you of just how incredibly blessed each and every one of us is.
To the little girls at the lemonade stand – if you ever get a chance to read this I just want to say thank you for filling my day with joy!