Faith in humanity renewed
As an American soldier for more than 13 years now, I have always felt a sense of pride in my country. I joined the Army to help protect and defend the country I was so proud of.
However, over the last several years my faith in the human race as a whole has begun to dwindle. Shootings, bombings, murder and domestic violence have all swarmed together to make me doubt there are any “good” people left in the world.
Recently, I climbed into my car for my lunch break. I merged into traffic on Grand Avenue only to be cut off in traffic and honked at by the car behind me when I was forced to stop quickly. With a severe scowl on my face, I pulled into the Taco Bell drive-through. I’m pretty sure my voice was clipped when I gave my order to the girl because she had an accent I could hardly understand. For that, I am sorry.
The girl gave me my total and I pulled up to the window annoyed and frustrated, with not only myself but others of the human race. As I reached out to give her the money for my lunch, she informed me that the person in the car ahead of me had already paid for my lunch and said to “pay it forward.” I stuttered, held speechless for a moment, said “thank you” and drove away.
I want to say thank you to the stranger at the Glenwood Taco Bell who helped to renew my faith in humanity, and who showed me there are at least a few “good guys” left in the world. I would also like to say to the two other cars that were behind me recently at the Rifle Starbucks that I hope you pay it forward, and help renew someone else’s faith. They too may need the reminder.
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