“My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” So, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities for the sake of Christ; for whenever I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Corinthians 12:9-10
You must have seen this video by now. A restaurant employee helping a disabled woman eat. Those who have seen it has commended the employee Ridge Quarles for his act of kindness. But really, it was not only Ridge Quarles who acted kindly in this situation. There was also Dr. David Jones and his wife who helped the lady get in the restaurant.
This happened at the Louisville, Kentucky branch of Qdoba Mexican Eats, a chain of fast casual restaurants in the United States and Canada serving Mexican-style cuisine. The restaurant falls into the “fast casual” category because it offers both quick service and a higher quality of food than typical fast-food restaurants.
A woman in a wheelchair was waiting in the parking lot to get into the restaurant. Another customer, Dr. David Jones, a dentist, saw her and helped her get in. Employee Ridge Quarles helped get her food and set her table. But before walking away, he asked the lady, “Is there anything else I can help you with?” And she answered, “Sir, if you don’t mind, could you help me eat?” Without missing a beat, Ridge immediately put on gloves and began to feed her.
In an industry where fast is the name of the game, it is heartening to know that there are still employees who take their time to treat their customers right.
In an interview, Ridge shared some background that the lady didn’t get out of her house very often but when she does, she goes to Qdoba, which is her favorite restaurant. A Transit Authority of River City (TARC) bus that helps people with disabilities regularly drops her off outside the restaurant.
Ridge worked for more than 5 years in Qdoba, putting himself through college, moving up from line server to manager. He shrugged off the accolade that he received because of his deed. To him, that day was like any other day of helping people and that there was nothing extraordinary about his act.
Dr. Jones has since received some criticism from people who say that the video was an invasion of privacy and objectification of the disabled. But at times like these, it would be good to ponder on his intent which was to really spread positivity and inspire people to do the same – to help other people, whether disabled or not. His message? “If everybody in the world would just use the little simple gift that they have to maybe benefit somebody else – just think what the world would be like.”
In a world where there is so much negativity, positive news like this deserves some airtime. For it is about a human being fulfilling another human being’s needs, about filling other’s weaknesses with one’s strengths.
Truly, an act of kindness does not have to be big to make a difference, and a lasting impact.
“At the end of the day, people won’t remember what you said or did, They will remember how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
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