We finished a great day of ice climbing with a stop by our favorite local diner: Tilton Diner. Across the street we typically stop for gas. I offered to get out of the car and pump the gas for my buddy so that he could stay in the nice warm truck. I definitely didn’t pay for all the gas but it was a small gesture and honestly, it was the least I could do for someone who carted my derriere around New Hampshire for the whole weekend. Granted we were going to the same places all weekend, it’s still a huge help to me considering I don’t have my own car.
This was probably one of my longest random acts of kindness in terms of time to complete. However, I couldn’t go anywhere until the truck was filled up so it’s not like that amount of time detracted from my life in any way. Most other acts took only 10-15 seconds of my life so it’s been pretty easy so far. The difficult part has been noticing the opportunity, turning off autopilot, and doing something about it. I know that if I were driving and someone offered to stand outside in the New England winter and pump the gas for me I’d be pumped and gladly accept their offer. So next time one of your friends is driving you around, offer to get out and pump their gas for them, I’m sure they won’t say no.