Spring Bowlin was doing a little shopping on her lunch break when she saw something that might make even the most patient of us groan.
As she got in line to check out, Bowlin recalled in a Facebook post, the older gentleman in front of her pulled a handful of change from his pocket to pay for his items and began to slowly ... count ... the ... coins.
Visibly flustered by the line growing behind him, full of potentially impatient shoppers, the man fumbled the change, lost count, and had to start again, according to Bowlin. The man only grew embarrassed and more frantic.
If you're imagining an aggravated cashier pointedly drumming her fingers waiting for the man to finish, well ... you'd be wrong.
Bowlin, watching from her place in line, praised the "beautiful cashier" who stepped in to put the man at ease.
"This beautiful cashier takes his hands and dumps all the change on the counter and says, 'This is not a problem, honey. We will do this together.'"
The man was incredibly apologetic to the cashier and Bowlin, who waited patiently for him to finish his transaction, reassuring him that it was no bother at all. When Bowlin stepped up to the counter herself, she thanked the cashier for being so patient with the man.
It's no wonder Bowlin's post has since racked up thousands of shares and comments from people moved by such a simple act of kindness:
Studies have made it clear: Being in a hurry really hurts our ability to empathize with or feel compassion for others.
Raise your hand if you've ever been irritated by a traffic jam caused by a car crash in which someone might have been hurt or if you've ever grown frustrated as the person in front of you in line at the grocery store pulled out a wad of coupons (or a pocketful of change).
It's simple human nature, but experts encourage putting a little effort and mindfulness into paying attention to when being in a rush may be clouding our judgment.
The overwhelming response to Bowlin's post proves that compassion matters and can make a big difference, even in small doses.
As the cashier told Bowlin, "What's wrong with our world is we've forgotten how to love one another."
Now that's a message worth spreading far and wide.