Happy Friday! Now that we’re past Halloween, it’s officially time to get ready for holiday season with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up sooner than we think. Now that Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away, it’s definitely a good time to be more mindful of what we’re thankful for and be more giving. It also doesn’t hurt to do more acts of kindness during this season of giving. I’ve collaborated with Oxfam to share an act of kindness that I received.
It’s a little bit alarming that when asked about a random act of kindness that I received I wasn’t immediately swimming with instances. In fact, I really had to give it some thought. I didn’t want to share a moment with friends or family or even my students because, while always nice and greatly appreciated, I wanted to think of a time that a stranger did something kind for me. I’m sure, strangers have done kind things for me multiple times but for the life of me I couldn’t think of a single thing off the top of my head. Except for one thing.
About 6 or 7 years ago my friend and I were on our way for a weekend in Atlantic City. I had picked her up and we were on our way. A few minutes after picking her up, we were stopped at a stop light and from my rearview mirror and side mirror I could see that a guy from the car behind us was walking up to my car and subsequently my car window. As we saw him coming, we were thinking “what’s going on?” and naturally a little nervous. When he got to my window, he didn’t look menacing so I rolled my window down and he said he noticed my trunk was open so he was going to close it for me. I guess when my friend put her duffel bag in my trunk, she didn’t close it hard enough. We were so appreciative that he actually got out of his car to do that for us! It was such a simple thing, but so kind and I’m sure there are many people who might notice that a trunk was open and not do anything about it.
Sometimes the smallest things can make a world of difference. I mean, what would’ve happened if we didn’t know my trunk was open until we were on the highway and things flew out?! Not only would we have lost our belongings but we could’ve really injured other people on the road or caused an accident. It doesn’t hurt you to be kind to others. I especially like the quote I have above by Princess Diana. Do something nice for others just because it’s the right thing to do, not because you expect something out of it.
Have a great day and choose kindness!
*This post is a collaboration with Oxfam, but all opinions are my own.*