We're taught through faith that little things are important.
As Jews we are taught to do justly, love mercy and walk humbly with G_d. Inviting friends — and even strangers — for Shabbat or Passover celebration is a mitzvah. Especially on Shabbat, we are to be open to moments of wonder and soulful encounter.
My Christian friends have shared their personal and congregation coordinated efforts to create random-acts-of-kindness events.
I was even the beneficiary of a random act of kindness once. It wasn't long after I'd returned to teaching I found myself stranded in the Starbucks drive they line during the morning rush to work.
I say stranded because my SUV died just a car length from the drive thru speaker, mostly blocking the way to the window.
And I admit, I panicked. Leaving my natural and predominate tendency to brush things off behind, I freaked out.
I was rescued by a Starbucks employee who came out and helped me push my vehicle from the path of oncoming coffee drinkers while I waited for the tow truck.
And while I was waiting, wiping sweat from my brow and trying not to cry, a woman brought me a $5 Starbucks gift card on her way out.
"I hope you have a better day going forward," she said.
I thanked her - a bunch. And I cried.
And I beat myself up a little for thinking my troubles were actually serious enough to warrant such worry.
After all, I was grateful to have a car and a job and extra obey to buy coffee, which is a luxury.
I was reminded.