I enjoy writing about kindness, and I am happy when I can do a favor for a friend. Last week presented me with a unique opportunity to make a difference for someone.
It was a beautiful, hot, and sunny day, and I was driving in my C70 Volvo convertible. I stopped at the local pharmacy, and I my way in, I spoke to a pretty little older lady sitting on a cement block wall outside the pharmacy door. I played the lottery, spoke with a friend, and walked back outside. The little lady was still there. Our conversation went like this:
"Hi. You are still here. Are you waiting for a ride?"
"I'm not sure. I may have called Lyft, but my phone died, so I am not sure."
"Hmmm. That's a problem. Where do you live?"
"Hop in. I will be happy to take you home."
And with that short conversation, I put her walker in my back seat and strapped my new friend into the front seat, and off we went.
We had a nice conversation on the way to her house. She moved to Pittsburgh from Florida, had some health issues, and talked about her 5 sons and 13 grandchildren. She enjoyed the sun on her face and loved the ride. She had given up her own car, so it was great to be able to ride in a convertible. When we got to her house, she asked if I wanted to have lunch sometime. I immediately said "Yes!" I gave her my business card, and she gave me her name and phone number. I felt good that I helped her by getting her home. I smiled most of the evening!
Fast forward to this week, and I received a text message from my new friend Mimi. Could we meet for lunch this week - her treat? We did meet for lunch on Tuesday, and I also had the chance to meet and spend time with her lovely daughter-in-law. As the three of us chatted, I felt like I was catching up with old friends, with no awkwardness of making new friends . Who knew that one ride in a convertible would turn into two new friends?
Kindness benefits both the receiver and the giver.
Kindness makes our world a better place.
Kindness feels good.
Kindness brings smiles.
Kindness matters. Every day. And one small act of kindness has a long-lasting ripple effect.
I hope someone is kind to you today, and that you are kind to others.
"Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.Kindness that catches us by surprise brings out the best in our natures." Bob Kerrey
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