This story comes from Normy S.
He was working in a cafeteria and while behind the line he would often develop relationships with his customers. He remembered fondly one customer, Barbara. She was a sweet old lady in her late 40s, early 50s. (Don’t get mad at me. He’s the one that called her old…) She came in to the cafeteria this one day and she just seemed off. He noticed her tearing up as she ordered. There were about 5-6 people in line behind her but there wouldn’t be a line long enough to stop him. He left his station, came around the counter and gave her a hug. He didn’t ask what was wrong, he just held her for 30 seconds and told her, “My hugs are magical”. Then, went back to work. To this day he still has no idea why she was upset.
I can only imagine the difference he made in her that day. And, I already know what a difference it would have made in his. There’s no way to avoid the sheer joy that comes from hugging someone that you know is in need.
He says my Year of Hugs was his influence in giving this hug, but I am too humble to share that with you. Oops. Ok, fine. It just makes me feel so good to know when I influence others to hug.
Please accept this blog as my virtual hug to you.