I started this morning by discovering “The Kindness Diaries” on Netflix. In short, I’m obsessed.
Kindness is something the world needs more of. I love kindness equally as much as I love love ha-ha. It makes me smile when I see kindness in the world and it makes me both angry and sad when people are unkind. Personally, I find value practicing acts of kindness and do so as often as possible. Now I’ll be honest, sometimes I succeed and other times I reflect and know I could’ve done better. After all, I’m human. But today, I had a cart full of groceries that were mostly unloaded at the register and back about to give out on me but I still decided to let a guy with a few flower bouquets go before me. At the time, I didn’t think twice about it, it just made sense and seemed like the kind thing to do. As I was leaving the store I met a man with a walker, sitting outside the store and enjoying the sunshine before he went inside. I was walking like a nine month pregnant lady when we struck up a conversation. His name? Lenny. Lenny said he’s retired and gets bored. He worked at the same hospital as my Mom for over 30 years. He said he was “only” a housekeeper. I told him he’s as equally important as the nurses, doctors and patients and not to sell himself short. And I wasn’t just trying to make him feel better, I was whole heartedly serious. After about 15 minutes of chatting, Lenny asked if he could say a prayer for me. He asked God to help me heal and to find the cure for my back. I shook his hand and we both went about our days. I hope he feels my gratitude and that he smiles today. Lenny really touched me. Such a simple conversation with a stranger brought me so much genuine happiness today. I smile every time I get to tell someone about it. It’s a profound thing, kindness. It has such an intense power to impact someone’s day, week, year or life. I’m beaming with gratitude tonight, all because the kindness of one, random stranger.