So, I went in for my appointment, but told myself I would stay away from people to avoid exposing them if I had a virus. Right off the bat, I had to help a lady with a baby in a stroller get off the elevator. Then she got stuck in the doorway to her doctor's office, so I held that door for her. She glanced back at me, but didn't say thank you.
I then got to my doctor's office, and a patient was standing at the front desk being helped. I looked around for the sign-in sheet, but didn't see it, so I stood back behind her and kind of off to the side away from a pregnant lady sitting in a chair. Another patient came out a side door, stepped in front of both of us and got her needs taken care of. I thought that perhaps outgoing patients get priority over incoming patients, so I didn't think much of it. This was a small office with one reception desk and one receptionist.
Then I heard the door behind me open, and a middle eastern woman in a beautiful head scarf floated in past both of us right up to the counter. She picked up the sign-in sheet, which hadn't been there previously. The receptionist must have just set it up on the counter right when this other lady walked in. The woman signed in and started to go in the side door. I began signing in and she turned toward me and said, "Oh, you were waiting to sign in? I'm so sorry. I didn't know. Please forgive me."
I told her it was no problem, and she went inside. A short time after that, she came out, walked right up to me, sighed, and said, "Again, I am so sorry. I thought we didn't have to wait in line to sign in."
I said we didn't. I just didn't see the sign-in sheet on the counter, so I waited in line.
She said, "I was nervous. I had trouble on the freeway. I was late. I wasn't thinking. Please forgive me."
She was speaking to me so respectfully, and acting like the future of her soul depended on me forgiving her. I was charmed by her good manners and the serious way in which she viewed trespasses against others, even if they were honest mistakes. I have to deal with asshole neighbors trespassing on my land and making noise and air pollution all the time, but they never apologize. They act like it is their right, and they are willing to enforce what they view as their freedoms with the use of guns. Then there's this angelic woman begging for my forgiveness because she cut in line by accident. I was touched.
This was such a huge contrast to the woman pushing the baby carriage who didn't even thank me for holding two doors for her. And quite frankly, someone cuts in line in front of me pretty much every time I go to a doctor's office, but I've never actually had someone realize her mistake and apologize to me for it before this. It would be so refreshing if the American society could brush up on its manners and people would start actually caring about how they affect others. She nearly brought me to tears, and she inspired me to be more respectful of others.
But I also felt like something was happening on a grander scale. I felt deep in my heart that this went beyond just a super polite woman apologizing to me. I felt as if she were from the realm of the gods, and she was trying to tell me something more. I felt blessed and calmed in her presence.
Interestingly enough, by the time I got into the doctor's examining room, my fever had completely disappeared. The nurse informed me that my temperature was 98.6.