E is for Extraordinary People.
Yesterday, my car broke down.
A new car- still under lease- just stopped working.
For those of you who know me, I do not have a good history with cars. So, to say I was unhappy, last night, was an understatement.
I spent my lunch break setting up a tow truck. I scheduled one to pick me up after work around 4:30.
He got there at 3:30 while I was in a meeting.
Annoyed, I ran outside to explain to him that I couldn’t leave yet.
Here’s where things changed for me.
The tow truck driver, named Kenny, smiled, gave me his card and told me not to worry, that’ll he’d be back. To call whenever I was ready.
Not at all what I expected. I expected a bad attitude. I expected him to tell me that my schedule didn’t matter; either I went now or call for a different appointment.
But not Kenny. He was nothing but a good-natured smile.
When he came back, he was still in a good mood. He told me how much he loves his job. I found out later that he never even left the parking lot. He waited over an hour for me.
While in the truck, he told me the most inspirational story. He was homeless just four months ago. While staying in a shelter, he found God and a new outlook on life. He said that he didn’t want to just dwell in Charleston, like so many people do. He wanted to live.
That phrase spoke volumes.
When he dropped me off at the shop, he got out and opened the door for me. He reached out for a handshake, but instead, I gave him a hug.
Car troubles are never easy, especially as a woman (note: I make this statement due to the hundreds of issues I’ve come across. I know that not all mechanics are out to get me :))
I could have anyone tow my car. Someone having a bad day or who hates their job.
But I didn’t; I got Kenny.
Coming across people like Kenny make me rethink, well, everything. He reminds me of my own personal path to life and happiness. A path that I fall away from too many times.
But I think that’s why people like Kenny are there to pick me up. 🙂