Airport Giftivism :)

Posted by Fran Faraz on Jul 10, 2017
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Last week, my husband and I were coming back from an out-of-town, and we had quite an encounter at the airport! :)

At the airport counter, the young woman in front of us was checking in her baggage and realized that she had brought her Costco card instead of her real credit card! Embarrassed and frustrated, she didn't know what to do. My husband asked her what was wrong, and upon hearing her story, he instantly pulled out his credit card and said, "Don't worry, we'll cover you." While crying, the young woman asked me for our address so she could pay us back. Of course, I didn't want to miss my opportunity to practice Giftivism :), and I told her to Pay-it-Forward! :) Upon hearing that, she asked me if we could hug, and all of us found ourselves filled with joy and sharing happy smiles!

The lady at the airport counter was happy to see everything being taking care of. When it came to our turn, it turned out that our luggage was 7 pounds overweight! But instead of instantly charging us the usual overweight baggage fee, the airport official just moved our bag around until the scale read the weight limit (50 pounds) -- and she processed our bags like normal! I guess the universe was in a hurry to put me back in the hunt for Giftivism! :) My husband and I talked about it while heading back home in the airplane -- and we made a commitment to create opportunities for Giftivism in our lives on a daily basis. :)

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Comments (5)

  • Nipun Mehta wrote ...

    Frannnnn! So beautiful to see you continue to seize these opportunities -- and Reza too. It reminds of this story by Obama. I can only imagine the ways in which that woman will continue to step up her kindness.

  • Audrey Lin wrote ...

    Beautiful story, Fran! What a sweet reminder of the many opportunities that are right in front of us. :)

  • Fran Faraz wrote ...

    Thank you. I'm glad I'm part of this great community that reminds me of the power of Giftivism. As I see you all embody that at every connection and communication that I have with you, I get inspired and empowered to shift out of my head and into my heart - moment by moment by moment. Thank you.

  • Michaele Premet-Rosen wrote ...

    What beautiful kindness ripples there!

  • Patricia-C Prada Jimenez wrote ...

    Wonderful of you!