When people go out of their way to show appreciation for others, it brightens many people’s days. If you stop and smile at someone, it could inspire them to smile at another person and them at another. Just imagine how this chain of goodness can keep on growing until it has touched more people than can be counted. This happened once when a Starbucks customer decided to “pay it forward” by paying for the items of the person next in line at the drive-thru window, and the good deed kept on going and going and going for hours.
Now, an anonymous source has turned to Reddit to share another such incident. One man, who identified himself only as “a grateful customer” penned a delightful and heartwarming note to the hairdresser named Sara.
“This is a little bit awkward. But I’ve waited a really long time to pass this on to you. My wife and I came in for haircuts shortly before Christmas of last year.
“My wife was suffering from dementia, and you treated her as if you’d been working with dementia patients all your life. You let us sit next to each other, and when it came for her cut, you turned her chair toward me so I could watch her expression as you cut her hair. It turned out even better than I thought it would.”
The customer continued by breaking some heartbreaking news to the hairdresser.
“Sadly, she died in March. And that haircut was one of the last, best moments of her life. She felt so pretty. She visited the mirror in her bathroom several times during the day and would come out beaming. To see her so happy was priceless.”
He went on to express how grateful he was to the attentive hairdresser.
“Looking back, it was likely one of the dozens of haircuts you gave that day. But one which revitalized a woman’s sense of self and her singular beauty. I hope you always realize the power of your profession. It’s so easy to take things like that for granted.”
When this heartfelt note was shared to Reddit, thousands of people applauded the man was expressing gratitude. But even more, people thanked Sara for being so darn good at her job.
“How nice! People are always so quick to Tell a person or business the negative experience they had, but leave out the positive when that could really change someone’s day or come at a time when they’ve been questioning themselves or feeling down.”
Another person shared how a similar incident with a grateful customer changed his life for the better.
“I still remember this sweet little old lady that made sure to tell my manager in front of me what a great job I was doing and how they were lucky to have me. I was 14, and it was a month into my first job at Tim’s (coffee shop) on a day when we were short-staffed, and it was super busy. Horrible day but that one comment just absolutely made my day and is something I still fondly remember 15 years later.”
What do you think about this heartwarming letter?
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