She Said I Looked Nice in Red. I Cried.

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Darkness is Always Followed by Light

Darkness is Always Followed by Light

As the Wendy’s drive-thru clerk handed me my small cup of chili and Diet Coke, she smiled and said, “You look nice in red.”

I cried.

It was the kindest thing anyone had said to me in the last 48 hours. I’m sure she had no idea two days earlier my heart was crushed (again) by a man I had been involved with for the past three-something years. At forty-something years old, I never thought I’d still be crying over boys but it’s just what I had been doing after being told he found the love of his life and it wasn’t me.

Is There a Logical Reason?

My mind had been swirling with thoughts of, “What’s wrong with me?” and “What did I do wrong?” trying to find a logical reason but when that Wendy’s clerk said those simple words, she put my situation and life in perspective. She made my day a whole lot brighter and gave me hope. When things seem a little dark, just wait and the light will shine through. Even if I never find love again, I’m living a good and blessed life.

I’m sharing this story because last night I learned a friend from college took her life earlier in the week. She was married to a great guy, loved her rescued greyhounds and SCUBA adventures, and they lived comfortably. I knew she had struggled with job loss but had no idea about her other internal battles and the pain she had suffered.

I wonder if things would be different if someone had made a small gesture of kindness toward her that day.

You Light Up My Life

In my everyday life whether in my town or traveling, I do my best to treat others kindly, no matter what they do or what title they have. I do my best to smile, sincerely say “thank you,” and show appreciation for that person. I have a Postcard of the Month Clubto share my travel experiences with others on a personal level beyond blogging but admittedly, there’s room for improvement. My goal this year is to focus on what I have rather than what I don’t and what small things I can do to improve the quality of life for others.

So tell me, what do you do to make someone’s life a little brighter?

Following are a few resources and inspiration for doing good:

Organizations

26 Acts of Kindness – Inspired by journalist Ann Curry following the Newtown Shooting

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation – Random Acts of Kindness Week is Feb. 11-17, 2013

Values.com – The Foundation for a Better Life

Passport Party Project – philanthropic initiative that will travel the nation and gift 100 underserved girls with their very first passports sponsored by Expedia

Inspiring Articles

Pregnant Mom Surprised by Eatery’s Act of Kindness – Nice going Red Robbin!

Random Acts of Kindness – by fellow blogger Jenn Jones-Perry of DazeofAdventure.com

Tim Hortons Customers Pay it Forward – for Three Hours

Suicide Prevention

For suicide prevention, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org) at 1-800-273-8255, available 24 hours a day.

Author: Solo Travel Girl

Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., a hiking trail led Jennifer Huber, aka: Solo Travel Girl, to a career path in tourism. She has worked in the tourism industry for more than 20 years including 10 years with a park management company in Yellowstone, Death Valley and Everglades National Park. She currently lives in Southwest Florida, and maintains this travel blog with the goal of inspiring others to travel alone, not lonely.

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  1. I maintain a Facebook page to honor the memory of a former colleague who drowned a few years back. “Shea It Forward” is where we try to honor Lisa’s memory by inspiring readers to commit “random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty”. I find that people don’t like to “brag” about their random acts, so I don’t expect a lot of participation – just try to post things that will encourage actions, however big or small. Please drop by if you’re so inclined https://www.facebook.com/SheaItForward

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