It warms my heart when someone you don’t even know steps out on a limb to help you and bring back some of the sparkle in the journey of your life. One of the loveliest, most beautiful feelings in life comes from a random act of kindness by a stranger. With the simple act of a word, a smile, or a gift, my heart feels surrounded by warmth and selflessness. Dear Readers, what is your story of an act of compassion from a stranger? I will feature your story with a link to your site in an upcoming blog post.
My act of kindness happened Wednesday of last week. These last couple of weeks I have reached one of the lowest points of my life and hit rock bottom. I literally feel like I give and give and sacrifice and sacrifice to my career, and my “cup” is never refilled from giving. I am in the middle of preparing for one of our kids’ Disney musical performances, so I was running around town picking up the last few items for that. Because I had promised my students some prizes for the week, I stopped by Dollar Tree to pick them up.
I scurried around the store, grabbing up a few items, and waited in line. The cashier was a senior citizen of some years, her lovely gray hair pulled back in the bun. She was smiling and chatting away with the man ahead of me in line.
It was my turn to checkout. She reached for my items. “You know, a lot of time I see kids come in and they choose their own toys, but rarely do I see a mother who thinks of their kid while they are away from them and brings back a toy to take home to them!”
“Thank you!” I responded warmly. “Actually, these are for my kiddos at school. I have this reward system called the 5 star listeners. When students are doing a good job in class, they receive a star on the white board. Once they earn 5 stars, they can look in the prize box. I can also erase stars if they aren’t making a good choice.” This is a method that has worked so well for my particular group of students that the simple act of saying nothing and erasing a star can make a chatty class go completely quiet.
She listened and talked away, interested in my 5-star listening method and my programs. When she finished, she handed me the receipt.
“You are doing a great job.” she said.
That was my random act of kindness. It was only six little words, but that dear little old lady will never know how she filled someone’s empty cup.
What is your random act of kindness from a stranger?