I was talking with my friend and co-worker Jess Jalufka when she told me a remarkable story about an act of kindness that she will never forget. When Jess was three, she was bitten by a rattlesnake (Jess is from San Antonio, Texas). Her mother rushed her to the hospital and she underwent hours of surgery. After recovery, Jess was in the hospital for over two weeks as she learned to walk again. Her mother, though rejoicing that her child was alive, was in shock at the over $110,000 bill that this mother without insurance now owed. Little did the family know, that their angel would come in the form of an old man from The Shriners Group. He, after overhearing Jess's story, paid the bill in full and quietly left. Jess is left with only a slight memory of the experience but her love for random kindness has continued to grow. Jess left me with these words to dwell on:
"It's so awesome to do the little things. But every now and again, when people do the big things....it restores your belief in humanity."
Just the other night, I received a facebook post from one of my Tennessee girlfriends, Joy Morrison. She touched my heart with her story and made me realize that kindness is all around in many parts of the world all at the same time. People are doing amazing things without the slightest thought of receiving anything in return. Check this post out:
"The best thing happened tonight... Joshua and I went to Jason's Deli for dinner, as we were waiting in line there were two older boys in front of us that had these bracelets that turn into animal shapes. Joshua was very attentive to the boys and their bracelets, as his good friend has them and now he wants them. After we ordered the Mom and I were waiting for our plates and I asked her where I could get those bracelets, I hadn't seen them in the store yet. We talked about it and I said thanks. As we were eating dinner the Mom came up to our table and gave Joshua a bracelet. It made him so happy! I made sure we thanked the lady as I choked back tears that WE had just RECEIVED a "random act of kindness". My friend Tracy is promoting random acts of kindness and WE were recipients tonight! That 10 cent bracelet made my night and definately my son's. I need to give forward now."
Here are some inspiring thoughts from some pretty brilliant young minds about how "Acts of Kindness" have been influential in their life:
I was just checking my facebook and noticed that so many of my sweet friends are volunteering for so many wonderful causes. From Relay for Life to Goodwill to volunteering at Animal Shelters, you are all teaching me so much about kindness. Keep Rocking it Out! It will be amazing to see what more we learn over the course of the next few months. I truly love your inspiring hearts!