Kindness doesn't need to be heroic to make a deep impression.
I think of examples of kindness from my own experience it is the
simplest deed that looms the largest. It was the day of my daughter's
wedding - certainly one of the sadder days of my life. Overjoyed as I
was for my daughter's joy and anticipation of her new life with a good
man she adored, the fact that within days she would be moving 1400 kms
away was overwhelming to me. The morning of the wedding our home was
a-bustle with preparations, laughter, photos, phone calls and visitors. There wasn't much for me to do but be available and try
my hardest to conceal my sadness for the sake of my daughter and for
the sake of the day.
At one point I found myself sitting
alone in the living room, fighting back tears, desperate to find a way
to tell Sarah how much I loved her, how proud we were, how thankful we
were for the couple decades of sunlight she had brought to our lives,
and how terribly much we were going to miss her. But I knew if I got
started I would be a mess so I sat alone wresting down my sorrow,
again, for the sake of the day.
Suddenly I heard the start
of an engine close by and looked the front window to see what was
making the noise. It was my neighbor Sharon criss-crossing across my
yard as she cut the grass I had let get shaggy with all the business of
the previous days. I had meant to get it done, but somehow had not
managed to find the time. Sharon, however, noticed and thought it might
be a kindness to relieve me of this one small chore. So she got out her
lawn mower and committed a simple act of neighborly thoughtfulness.
Indeed it was a small kindness but honestly, given how I was feeling at
the moment, it felt more like a soothing ointment on an open wound and
was just what I needed to break out of the moroseness that was settling
In the end, we had the greatest of days - the
wedding was beautiful and the reception filled with the finest of
foods, friends, and much merriment. I will remember it fondly for the
rest of my life, but I have never once looked back on that day without
remembering that moment with gratitude.
What's your story?Steve Bell in conversation with Keran Sanders of the Weekend Morning Show.
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