Give Away Your Love
Random acts of kindness. I talked earlier this week about how important I find it to be to serve others and to reach out. On day 29 the prompt for this project was to do a random act of kindness in honor of Clara. Sadly we were mostly homebodies yesterday, only leaving to get a gallon of milk for today’s breakfast. It was thought that trip that I was inspired to write my day 29 words.
Last night I ran into a young woman who works at Walgreens. She is super friendly and I always look forward to seeing her in the pharmacy on my many trips throughout the month. Lately, I haven’t seen her and sadly wondered if she had decided on a new opportunity. So when I saw her last night I had to go through her register.
She asked which kiddo was with me and asked how the kids were. She didn’t recognize Damon’s name and I reminded her that I do have a few healthy kids. She giggled and asked to remind her of how many kids I had. I shared with her everyone including Clara. I then asked why she hadn’t been at work much. Turns out she is going to school to be a Physicians Assistant. She said, “Missy, someday I want to be able to see your kiddos in the office not just through the window at the pharmacy. The things you deal with and the smile you always have, inspire me to want to help more people.”.
Sometimes our random acts of kindness are unknown even to ourselves. We plant seeds that bloom at later times. Seeds that positively impact someone we barely know. I find that kindness, smiles, and service to others goes a long way to touching lives in a way that, sometimes, money can’t. I often share the ways in which we give in Clara’s memory but I feel like there are more things we give that go unnoticed, like kindness. I have always been a firm believer that you never know what someone is dealing with. No matter how frustrated you are, you should always treat someone with kindness and respect. Last night I didn’t “give” anything but I was reminded that kindness and sharing touched someone’s heart in a way that moved her to help others. We can’t change people, but we can plant the seeds that may one day bloom in them.