When you read this, it will have been one week since it was written. It is more appropriate to last Monday, but I wasn’t inspired until after I received my Random Acts of Kindness newsletter. What was March 20 all about? Not only was it the first day of Spring and the International Day of Happiness, but also International Story Day. It was the first time I learned about Story Day.
Everyone has their own unique story. Perhaps, each of us could recall a time when we were the recipient of an act of kindness that impacted our lives. I began looking backwards to see if there was one act that stood out. I must say, that I feel so grateful to have received many acts of kindness throughout the years. Each one of them truly touched my heart. One fairly recent one popped into my mind that I will share.
I had been downtown and got a cab for my trip back home. Normally, the distance I was travelling would have run up the fare to at least $25 not including a tip. The cabbie and I had a really nice conversation about happiness, having a good attitude towards life and the inherent goodness of people. I don’t recall how that conversation was initiated, but it doesn’t really matter. When we finally arrived at my building and I asked what I owed him. He refused to take any money. I was seriously surprised and tried to protest. He would not take the money. It was one of those micro moments of positive connection, mutual good will and kindness.
That moment in time was a reminder that underneath the layers and facades we have accumulated around us, there is a core of goodness, compassion and kindness. Anyone or anything that can restore us to that core, even for a moment, is a blessing.
Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the blossoms,
Kind deeds are the fruits.
~19th century rhyme
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