Sometimes It Doesn’t Take Much

This morning I went to the jewelry store to have the battery changed in my watch.  As I approached the door, this elderly gentleman held the door for me, and thanked him cheerfully, then the inside door I held for him, and he thanked me cheerfully.

A young lady approached and asked to help me, and I told her I just needed the battery changed in my watch.  She said okay, went in the back for a few minutes, came back out, handed me my watch and said, “Have a good day.”  I looked at her with surprise that she’d forgotten to charge me.  She said, “we’ll catch you next time.”  I said, well.. thank you. And she said… “well, you held the door for an old guy. That was  nice thing to do.”  Go figure!

My day was already going VERY well, but that little act of kindness was just… just… unexpected and quite frankly it made my day. I gave her one of my Intensely Positive business cards and told her to drop by the site if she needed a little positivity in her life. The rest of my day went fabulously and here it is HOURS later and that “little gift” is stuck in my mind.

What little things can you do to make someone’s day? Have them smiling about it 10 to 12 hours later?  Sometimes… it doesn’t take much.

Catch the wave… share the feeling. Surprise someone tomorrow.


Kelvin Ringold

Born to John and Lora Ringold on October 24, 1953, grew up, went to school, graduated high school and joined the Air Force -- turned 18 in basic training. Did 20 years in the Air Force and retired in 1991. Moved to Syracuse, worked at University Hospital and retired from there at 55. During that 55 years... I learned some lessons, one of which is that LIFE is what we make it. I spend a major portion of my waking hours helping other people figure out the same thing. Life is what we make of it, and... "when you master your mindset, you master your life." That's my mission: living it, and teaching it.


  • On one very hot summer day a few weeks ago, I pulled into a Taco Bell and ordered just a small diet whatever…it was late in the afternoon, I had a long drive ahead and needed a little pick-me-up (and yes, I realize that on a regular basis a diet soda isn’t a healthy pick-me-up.) ANYWAY….I got up to the drive-thru window to pay and the young man handed me my drink and said, “Have a nice day!” at which time I attempted to had him my dollar plus change and he waved me off with a, “No charge! Just have a great day!” And ya know what…I did!! I still think about that and it makes me smile. Such a small thing, but a big positive ripple in my life!

    • :-) and here’s to many more positive ripples, my friend. Emanating to and from you. I’ve always enjoyed your joyfulness and am pleased for your comment to my post. Have a most beautiful day. HUGS!

  • Thanks for sharing the WOW moments you do. I’m still touched by the loving kindness of a stranger before me who purchased my coffee at Starbucks two weeks ago.

    • Dawn… such great surprises today in the responses to this post. Great to see your smile back in my world, and your kind comments on my blog. Thank you for reading, and commenting. Wishing you many more wow moments. Please stay in touch. HUGS!

  • I love hearing stories like this. I had a similar one a few years back. I was getting some work done on my car. I think it was just an oil change.

    The guy who was doing the work was having trouble figuring out how to use the shop’s software in relation to something he needed to do for another’s repair. Apparently it wasn’t anything he normally needed to interact with.

    I offered to see if I could help, and I was able to. That felt awesome enough to me but then, even better, he told me there would be no charge for the work done.

    I think it is awesome when we do something kind for another just because we want to…and equally awesome when someone does the same for us.

    Thanks for sharing, and for the positivity you bring to “my” world. Have a :) day.

    • Thank you so much Elizabeth; so pleased to see your response here. I’ve had a few of those moments. So many of us live in a “what’s in it for me” world that we forget that we CAN do something for someone else, just for the simple joy of it… or to see that look on their face, or hear that glee in their voice. You’re welcome for the positivity, and I’m pleased to enjoy yours. You have that :) day, my friend. HUGS!

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