The most amazing thing happened to me today.
Yesterday, after a series of unfortunate events, I found myself desperately in need of an internet router. I found one on Craigslist for $20 and arranged to meet the man today at noon at a nearby coffee shop.
He was a little late, but not enough to be inconsiderate. He had warm eyes and an easy walk. He handed me the router in a cloth bag and, as I reached into my pocket to get the $20 bill, he said, “It’s okay. It’s yours.”
Then, he just smiled, turned around, got in his car, and left. Just like that!
He gave no reason, no explanation, no expectation of something in return.
It was just pure kindness.
I stood there for some time, staring after the empty space left by his car.
I felt confused, then grateful, then inspired.
If he could perform such a random act of kindness to a complete stranger, why couldn’t I? More importantly, why wouldn’t I?
Why wouldn’t I take his gesture of love as an invitation to spread that love?
What would happen if, instead of just soaking up the nice feelings of receiving, I decided to maximize those feelings by giving to someone else? After all, doesn’t love grow bigger when it’s shared?
So, now, I’m feeling generous, I’ve got this $20 that I was going to spend anyway, and I want to pass this man’s act of kindness onto you.
I’ve purchased an Amazon gift card with that $20 and I’m drawing for a winner. You can enter here or on the Facebook post that brought you here. Here are the two simple steps to enter: 1. Do something kind for someone
2. Tell us your story in the comments below
Thank you everyone for your stories! Entries are now CLOSED! The lucky winner was: Reba Linker. Here was her story:
I don’t expect to win any prizes for this, but thought I’d share my humble tale, anyway. Today I just made a point of being extra kind to my dear hubby who works so hard and cares so much. Ok, ok, sometimes I don’t always see it that way – and we are both way, way tired after the birth of our new beautiful but colic-y daughter – so it felt really, really great to make a point of seeing, and speaking, all the good he does. A kind word is a true gift, maybe especially for the speaker! Love to you all.
I hope that, even though this contest is now over, this post, the stories in the comments, including Reba’s story, inspire you to share the love that is in your heart, to be kind, and to make someone’s life a little more joyful today.