“Random Acts of Kindness”
We’ve all heard the phrase a thousand times.
It’s succinct, catchy, comes from a good place and in our hearts and minds, we’d all like to practice it daily .
I know for certain I would and yet I don’t. I have the very best of intentions, but days go by at the speed of light and honestly, unless things are taped to my forehead, more often than not I forget.
In fact (True Confessions Alert) some days I count returning my grocery cart to the little cart round-up-thingy as both a work-out, cardio, and a Random Act of Kindness.
Hanging head in shame as I admit that.
So imagine my majorly incredulous delight when someone gifted me today with an extraordinary random act of kindness.
I’m going to try desperately to make a long story short here.
It started in January when a friend suggested that printing out my blog (3 years of posts) would be a great tool in possibly helping me cobble a book idea together. I agreed, but lamented that as I’d changed my format, the font was so big, the print so light, blah, blah, blah, and as usual, procrastinated. (New Year’s Resolution #1. Fail)
Cut to this past Sunday night (actually, I think I’m doing rather well so far in keeping this short!) Downton Abbey’s on and my stomach virus is debuting with all the enthusiasm of a Broadway ingenue, when I receive an email from a very sweet, long time Slim Paley reader.
And here’s where the story gets totally amazing…
In her email she says that she has enjoyed “Slim Paley” so much over the years that she’s been printing it out and keeping it in binders and there were now 9 of them. Due to her business moving their offices, the binders had to go and keeping them at home was also a somewhat unwieldy proposition.
Would I like her to send them to me?
I’ve never met this lovely person (yet) who happens to live on the opposite coast, nor have we ever even spoken on the phone.
And today, LOOK WHAT ARRIVED!!
I have to admit, I started to cry.
Over 3 years, every photo, every word.
Well, seriously, I’m just totally speechless.
Except for writing this post of course.
Naturally I’m not mentioning who this wonderful person is, but I wanted to share it with all of you as it’s easy and understandable to feel it’s impossible to make a difference in the world we live in right now.
But, allow me my ‘Oprah Moment’ here to say it’s really true!
Random Acts of Kindness, big and small, can make all the difference,
even if it’s just in one person’s day.
I know I’m going to be making more of an effort for sure.
I might even return TWO carts at the same time.
PS. So, as you can see, my week is finishing on a much better note than it began and it’s so nice to be back in the land of the living.
Great cleanse. Ahem.
Thank you all for your kind wishes for a speedy recovery-they worked!!
Wishing you all a FANTASTIC rest of the week!