Several philosophers (as well as that one episode of Friends) have debated ad nauseam the possibility of a truly selfless act; the idea that we only do things because they make us feel nice and tingly on the inside. But in a world of division and hate, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with doing something good for selfish reasons. At the end of the day, the end result is still the same, isn’t it?
As they say (and as we’ve observed in places like McDonald’s), no good deed goes unpunished, so it’s nice to see that every once in a while, decent actions in society do get rewarded. And when they do like they did for Evoni Williams, an 18-year-old student working at Waffle House, it gives us all hope that there’s more good in the world than there is evil.
Evoni Williams was going about her day at a Waffle House in Texas, serving customers waffles diligently and effectively, when she came across an elderly man named Adrien Charpentier, struggling at his table. Hamstrung by old age, Williams revealed the 78-year-old was having trouble enjoying his meal.
“He was like, ‘My hands are not functioning too well.’ He needed me to cut his food. And I did,” she said, and Adrien himself corroborated: “My hands are not up to par. If I want to cut my meat, I look like I’m stabbing it.” So, Williams helped him cut up his meal, but what the teenager didn’t realize is that she was being watched.
Fellow Waffle House patron Laura Wolf captured the kind act and uploaded it to Facebook, where the post quickly went viral, getting shared more 71,000 times in just a week and making Williams an overnight hero. In the accompanying post, Wolf paid tribute to this amazing act from a fine young woman:
“I don’t know her name but I heard this elderly man tell her his hands don’t work too good. He was also on oxygen and struggling to breathe. Without hesitation, she took his plate and began cutting up his ham. This may seem small but to him, I’m sure it was huge. I’m thankful to have seen this act of kindness and caring at the start of my day while everything in this world seems so negative. If we could all be like this waitress & take time to offer a helping hand….”
News of Williams’ kindness quickly spread, and before long, it reached Texas Southern University. They saw fit to offer the student a significant bump to her college fund; when she eventually graduates high school, Williams will be able to look forward to the next stage in her life $16,000 richer. The institution of higher education have also assigned her a counselor to help her get the process started.
No matter your upbringing or background, I think it’s important to be kind to others.”It just came from the heart,” Williams admitted, revealing she’ll carry on working at the Waffle House despite her newfound fame. In the midst of all this, I’m glad to see Williams’ actions have been rewarded.
Whatever this youngster gets up to in the coming years, let’s hope she keeps being kind and helpful to those around her, maybe even making the world a slightly better place in the process.