Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 140 – Let’s Turn Friday The 13th Upside Down

For the first time in this blog, I gave something away that was expensive. I paid for the gas of the person driving the car behind me at the gas station. 

Freitag der 13. im Kalender

Many years ago, my family and I had gone out for breakfast at a local restaurant. I remember that I was just coming off a long illness and was still feeling pretty lousy. The breakfast was ordinary with lots of food and talking and playing games with the kids.

At the end of the meal, I handed the waitress my credit card. She looked at me and smiled.

“It’s taken care of.” she said with a smile. I did a double-take and looked at her.

“It was paid for already.” she said again.

“Who paid for it?” I asked. She just smiled again.

Needless to say, my wife and I were stunned. We looked around the restaurant, speculating who it might have been. We talked about it all the way home. And to this day, I still think about it. I felt lucky.

Today, I did the only expensive thing so far in my year long challenge. I paid for the gas of the person behind me at the gas pump. I handed the attendant the card, told her what I wanted to do, and she took the card and swiped it.* When she came back to the car, she had a big smile.

I said, “It’s Friday the 13th.”, took the card and drove away.

I won’t ever know exactly how the man in the car behind me felt. But if he felt like I did that morning long ago at breakfast, he felt lucky.

So what can you do today? Can you make someone else feel lucky?

Let’s turn Friday the 13th upside down!

* In Oregon, state law requires an attendant pump the gas.

About Eric Winger

Our perception of time is key to how we use our time. The most fundamental way to change that perception is to give our time. This opens us up to new opportunities and ideas from which we can build to really make a difference. ... Yes, we *do* have time to make a difference!
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2 Responses to Post-Christmas Resolution, Day 140 – Let’s Turn Friday The 13th Upside Down

  1. I’m impressed you’ve found so many inexpensive ways to give! Will have to take a leaf out of your book. And I’m sure he felt very, very lucky (if perhaps very confused at first!)

    • Eric Winger says:

      Thank you. I didn’t stick around long enough to see what happened. But hopefully he was pleased. And maybe, as you say, he even felt a little lucky.

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