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