No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop
Surprise Acts of Kindness
Friends, I am blown away. BLOWN away by humanity. In the midst of craziness, political divisiveness, people consumed with their personal stresses and worries, and just a general sense of unease at the state of world affairs there are still amazing, incredible, and SELFLESS people out there. This past week, people who were absolute strangers went above, and beyond, and flipping detoured out of their way for lil ol’ me, someone they don’t even know! I can’t even begin to put into words how grateful I am, and how full my heart is. I truly believe, if you are receptive and open, the universe works for you and that it really does give to you in the most unexpected of ways. It has been a week of the highest highs and lowest lows, but through it all my faith in humanity has been restored.
The first act of kindness, occurred when I was hiking with my nephews and I stupidly put my debit card and license in the same pocket as my phone. I went to pull my phone out for pictures and my license fell out. I didn’t even realize it, until it was to late. An elderly gentleman had found it and proceeded to look for me. He went to my parents house (which they live above the business they own) and rang the doorbell, when my Dad answered, the man asked if he knew me. Well my Dad immediately said yes, but he was also surprised, as I was still out in the woods (losing my mind looking for my license), and hadn’t heard what happened. Well the man handed him the license and that was that. I am so insanely grateful to this Good Samaritan, because for the three hours in between losing it and getting it back I admit I was losing my shit. It was a Sunday and EVERYTHING was closed. To make matters worse, I had to get up early the next day to get on a ferry (where I needed my license) and I wasn’t sure how it was all going to work out, but it did! Crisis was most definitely averted and I am so grateful for the kindness of that gentleman, because it definitely could have been worse and he did not have to seek me out like he did.
Literally a miracle
I am currently on residency doing social media for my cousin’s ballet company. I admit I don’t go on Facebook that often, but because it is family, I am cross-marketing and sharing things on my private page. Honestly, I never check my DM’s on there and serendipitously I did yesterday where I got the shock of my life! Three days ago, in my alternate inbox, an angel sent me a message saying she had found my sister’s high school class ring.
Friends, I had lost it a YEAR and a HALF ago on Crescent Beach. I took it off to put sunscreen on (that darn reapplication is both a blessing and a curse!) and had put it on my towel and in a moment of idiocy (isn’t that how it always is?) it flew off as I moved it and disappeared into the sand. I literally thought I was never going to see it again. Having spent hours looking, and subsequently looking every time I went back (which was alot, because it is my favorite beach and I have probably been a hundred times since then) beating myself up and crying plenty of tears, because as ridiculous as it sounds, I felt like I had lost my sister all over again with losing that ring. I then worked hard on trying to make peace with it, and fast forward to now, a very sweet couple also from Maine found it.
They could have kept it or sold it. But no, they looked my sister up, found out what had happened, and discovered me in the process. So yesterday afternoon when I opened my messages to this super sweet woman asking me if it was mine, I was shocked. Literally blown away. To be honest I still am. Not only that she had found it, but that she worked so hard to return it to me and reached out. She and her husband are literally angels and have restored my faith in humanity ten fold.
Great People out there
There are incredible people out there, absolutely, selfless people. and this world can seem so heavy, but as that quote from Mister Rogers says (and I am paraphrasing) “Look for the helpers.” In one week I have had two people go out of their way to return things to me. I have said it before and I will say it again. You have no idea how much one small act of kindness can mean to someone and what a difference it can make in their life. My heart is SO full right now. EVERYTHING happens for a reason, and I can not help but think my sister had a hand in this. Her anniversary was a couple weeks ago and even after twelve years, she is still showing up. So so SO insanely grateful to the kind strangers who are angels in disguise. And friends, they really are ALL around us. Just when we least expect it. Thank you so so much to the three people who brightened my week and restored my faith in humanity. But ultimately are a reminder to be kind, live with open hearts, and do good. Love you friends! <3
What is something good that has happened to you recently?