One thing that I have discovered in doing my mission that has surprised me is how incredulous, doubtful, and confused people are when I do something nice for them for no reason. On the particular acts where I have face to face contact with people, almost every time it has been met with total skepticism and usually with a look like I have suddenly grown two heads!
It makes me chuckle. It also makes me feel a little blue. Apparently people doing nice things with no strings attached is so rare that no one really believes it. A few times I have ended up over-explaining myself and getting awkward before people actually start believing that there is "no gimmick". Using my RAOK cards (here) helps.
One of these incidences occurred yesterday. I purchased a gift card at Walmart and put $5 on it. (Did you know that you can put ANY amount on a Walmart gift card and not just a pre-determined nice round number? Good to know.)
My plan was to hand it to the person behind me. Except, no one ever materialized behind me the whole time I was checking out! So, I watched as I walked out the door and I picked a random lady. It took me approximately 4.37 minutes to explain to this woman that I was just giving her a $5 gift card. I wasn't asking her to fill out a form, take a survey, or give me her first born grandchild. I finally just handed her my RAOK card and said "read this". As you can see from the picture, she finally 'got it'!
Love that smile, lady, that's all I wanted! :)