Let Someone Go In Line In Front Of You


With technology becoming more and more advanced, as a society we get used to doing everything as quick as possible and getting everything we want instantaneously. When we’re caught up in the face-paced world of today, we often forget to stop to notice those around us. So next time you’re in a hurry in public, slow down and go out of your way to be courteous to everyone around you. When you’re standing in the checkout line, waiting to pay for your food at the grocery store or waiting to order your drink at a coffee shop, offer to let the person behind you go in front of you.


This is a great way to practice patience, a virtue that will carry over into all areas of your life. It’s also a simple way to make someone’s day memorable. Would you forget the stranger who went out of his or her way to make your day?

Step It Up

Make it a habit to offer someone your place in line or let them go in front of you at least once a day. You’ll be surprised at how many opportunities arise and at how practicing patience will impact your daily life.

Keep It Simple

Another way to practice patience and be generous to those in front of you in line is to be gracious about waiting your turn. Don’t complain or think badly of the person in front of you, even if they are taking a long time. Or when someone cuts you in line, try not to dwell on it.

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I did just that the other day. I had a trolley full to the brim of groceries and the woman in front of me, laden with big bottles of milk and other heavy items. Her arms were ready to drop off. I offered her to put them in my trolley, give her arms a break. She appreciated it very much. Then two ladies behind me with only 1 or 2 items and me with my full trolley, I let them pass. I felt good knowing it helped them. Colleen from Australia

I always let people ahead of me who have much fewer groceries: two benefits - makes them happy and they don't get to see the junk food I am buying! LOL Jamie Coster from Lusby, Md Usa

Yeah..I like this idea to inculcate some patience in me:-) Thanks for sharing! Alice Lee from Malaysia

this is an easy act of kindness-----a simple do unto others mentality Linda Roberson from Searcy ,Arkansas

I did this a couple of weeks ago at the office supply store. I had a couple of items that needed to be retrieved from their locked computer area. There was only one cashier and he noticed as I let three people ahead of me in line. He flagged down a person to get my items and when it was finally my turn, he thanked me for being so thoughtful to the others and said it made his day! Gretchen from Green Bay, Wi

I always let others in front of me with fewer items......costs nothing and always produces a big smile, that is so nice Lorraine from Texas

I let people go ahead of me at the Post Office when I have a lot of packages. Its nice to see those grumpy faces turn into smiles as they realize the wait won't be so long after all. As a side benefit, by the time I reach the window I've made a lot of new friends and engaged in pleasant conversations along the way. Patty from Oregon, Usa

This message is spot on! The gas station is a perfect place to practice this. I also offered to buy the person lottery tickets that she wanted (then realizing she was paying $25.00 for them, I wouldn't be able to contribute much). I never thought about the impact on practicing patience. I'll keep this mind as well. Vishal from North Carolina, Usa

I was in the store a while back and was in line waiting to be checked out and the lady in front of me dropped a container of cherry tomatoes and they went everywhere. I didnt think much about it as I was helping her pick them up and she kept saying oh ma'am u dont have to do that, and after we was done picking them up she paid for her groceries as well as mine. Mine bill was 123.00$ I couldnt believe it. She said not many ppl would have helped. But I didn't think much about it. I have did several good deeds since. Bonnie from Lynn

I do this regularly, if they have fewer things. So I'm kind, just not random. Chilly from Wisconsin

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