I love hearing about random acts of kindness. My heart sings knowing there are loving, caring, and decent people who go out of their way to help and bring joy to others. There’s so much negativity in the world, and so often, only bad news is reported. It’s a breath of fresh air to hear stories of random acts of kindness, or, better yet, to experience them firsthand for yourself.
I hope we’ve all had the opportunity to be recipients of wonderfully humane acts which bring joy and feelings of gratitude. I know I certainly have.
In particular, I have special, vivid memories of acts of kindness bestowed upon me during my travels. For example, in my younger days, I remember being on a train in France, and not having the correct currency to buy food on the train. I was so hungry but didn’t know what to do. A young couple in the same car on my train generously offered to share their food with me. Despite our language barriers, we were able to communicate and became friends during that long train ride. I was so grateful for their kindness and compassion.
Another situation that arose was when I was in Florence, Italy. I was waiting for a cab to take me to the airport, but found out from a stranger that I was not standing in the correct line for a cab. This was upsetting as I knew I was already late in getting to the airport and would miss my flight if I didn’t find a cab soon. This perfect stranger graciously offered to drive me to the airport. I was so grateful and managed to arrive at the airport in time for my flight. I still smile when I think about the kindness of this beautiful woman.
A third adventure I’ll share was when I traveled in Turkey with my Turkish friend by car for two weeks, without a single map or GPS. We relied on the kindness of strangers to give us directions, and in three instances, strangers even took the time to drive to our destination and had us follow them. This was just one example of how warm and helpful Turkish people are!
There’s a saying that they will give you the shirt off their back if you need it, even if you’re a stranger. And, I actually witnessed my Turkish friend do just that! When we were at a gas station, the gas attendant remarked to him that he really liked his shirt. Without hesitating, he took off his shirt and gave it to him. I was surprised and completely inspired by his kind gesture!
However, it is not only in my travels that I’ve experienced kindness from strangers. I was at a restaurant in Vancouver having breakfast, not too long ago. After I finished my meal, I went to the cashier to pay my bill. To my embarrassment, I did not have my wallet in my purse. I’ve never had that happen before and was, at first, worried I’d lost my wallet or had it stolen. Then, I realized my predicament. What was I to do? I didn’t have cash, credit cards, or even my phone.
While I was explaining my situation to the cashier and trying to figure out what to do, a sweet, elderly woman tapped me on the shoulders from behind and said, “Don’t worry dear, I’ll pay for your bill.” I looked at her gratefully, said thank you, and offered to pay her back by mailing a cheque or setting a time and place later in the day to meet her again. “No, no” she said, “I’m just visiting Vancouver. It’s not necessary.” I gave her a hug and with a twinkle in her eye, she said, “Just do something nice for someone else, and that’s how you can thank me, dearie.”
How absolutely wonderful, I thought! What a terrific concept! Be kind to someone and ask him or her, in turn, to show kindness to someone else. What a lovely chain reaction we could set off in this world if everyone did the same! Perhaps we can start this chain reaction today. Please do something kind for someone today! You will never know what a difference you can make in that person’s life! Many blessings as we change the world together and make it a better place!
Love & kindness ♥
I would love to hear about random acts of kindness you’ve experienced or can share, by commenting below! It will brighten up my day and others too!!!