This week's post is the first post based on an unplanned kindness, but I dare say not unexpected. While at the Amsterdam airport on a trip back to the United States, I was approached by a man and his wife from South Africa whose delayed flight caused them to miss their scheduled shuttle to their hotel for the next leg of their vacation. They needed a phone so they could call the travel agency and get reconnected on their journey. They asked me for help with the public pay-phone, but it seemed much simpler (for both of us). I noted the number from his printed sheet, started the call and handed him my phone. Roughly two and half minutes later, he hands me the phone back, and I point out the "Meeting Point" to them. They seem grateful and I trust the rest of their vacation stayed on schedule.
This all seems pretty routine, but the airport was packed, so why did they come to me? I have a theory. :) I think I was very approachable that day. I was plenty early and moving at steady methodical pace, two big bags in tow, and carefully watching others. I had also showered that day, was generally happy, smiling and present. I was having a good day and aligned with my surroundings. Don't get me wrong - this isn't every day for me, but I strive for it every day and on this day, I was able to make someone's else day a bit better.
Paul in Amsterdam.