I was walking into a convenience store this morning and a gentleman waited until I arrived at the door so he could hold it for me. He had already held it for three or four people. I said, "Thank you," to which he replied, "Absolutely, brother. It's a simple act of kindness. It didn't take any effort. How much better would the world be if everyone did one simple act a day?"
He had a great point. It didn't take any real effort to hold a door. It didn't require any real sacrifice to wait an extra 5 seconds for me to get to the door. It didn't cost him a thing, but it made me smile, think and make a commitment to show a little kindness today. I didn't have to wait long for an opportunity. Within about 30 minutes, I received a call.
A long-time friend called from another state who asked if I thought a certain bid was high or low on changing a water heater. She had just gotten an estimate to change it, which was actually fairly consistent with local norms, but it was high. It's a repair that brings in the bucks for most tradesmen. If the homeowner was here and able to do the work, it would cost her about 25% of the estimate.
Taking the doorman's advice, I'm going to look at it. This friend has done the same thing for me in her chosen field. On a phone call, she took the mantle of an issue one of my clients were dealing with and helped them straighten it out. It didn't cost me a dime for her services. They ultimately paid when they contracted additional services, but she willingly took on my request without hesitation.
We can't be all things to all people all the time, but when you have the time and the opportunity, please take it. Taking a look at her water heater will cost me about a hour of my time. I'll delete an hour of Facebook surfing and there you go. It won't cost me anything of value and it will help a friend, client and a tenant. In the end, I will be the benefactor, the tenant will have a hot shower and the owner can avoid worrying about something that is completely out of her control. It's a win all around.