Yesterday I was in a shop getting coffee and I was waiting for my order. I noticed a woman who was getting herself a drink. She dropped napkins on the floor and looked down at them. Then she took her foot and tried to push the napkins under the table while she took another napkin.
When she turned in my direction, I held my glance at her for a few seconds. It was enough to say I saw that without actually saying a word. Then I turned away. I looked back and she was bent over, picking up the napkins.
Did I shame her into picking them up rather than leaving them on the floor for someone else to pick up later?
I wasn't sure how I felt about the situation, but it has stayed with me.
Have I done things that I would have done differently if I knew someone was watching? Have you?
I didn't really mean to shame her, but I'm glad that I could make her realize the error of her ways and fix the situation. It's good to know that her conscience knew what to do.