Kindness of Strangers
“There you are.” As I opened the front door, there was our youngest son, still battered and bloodied. Standing beside him were two women, with another pair parked in a car nearby.
As I received Ben and invited these women in, I got the story. Ben was riding his bike and struck a big speed hump at a bad angle, sending him flying. Happily he was wearing his helmet, which was smashed to pieces by the impact.
Lying on the road, somewhate mangled and bleeding, Ben was at risk of being run over. That’s when these women stopped to help.
It turned out they were on a short break from interstate and didn’t know the area at all. But they were kind enough to make sure our son was okay and took him home. Not only that, they even took care of his bent up bike.
The kindness of these women touched me greatly. They didn’t have to stop or do anything at all. But they did. They got me thinking about how many people show us kindness over the years; in little ways that mean a lot.
Often considered soft, being kind is immensely powerful. It’s so strong that sometimes a kindness can change the course of a lifetime. It’s amazing!
Naturally, not everyone receive our kindnesses as they’re delivered. You have to expect a certain amount of misunderstanding and indifference. But the effects of kindness keep rippling out.
Do this: in the next hour, give somebody a boost by being kind. Just one conscious act of kindness will do. Then see how you feel.
I believe one of the best things about your goodwill is that it helps you feel good too. So do something for yourself. Keep offering your kindness and show how truly lovely you are.