I stumbled across an article called “The Greatest Thing on The Internet Today” – I’m a gullible clickbaiter so I clicked, of course. It was a story of an act of kindness. Nana Opal (immediately I was reeled in) texted her granddaughter on her birthday. Only she accidentally sent it to a stranger having got the number wrong.
Immediately my heart melted as it reminded me of my Dad who doesn’t save anyone’s numbers in his phone, but knows the last 4 digits of all our family’s numbers to memory. After the stranger replied letting her know she got the wrong number, she also told her that she wished her Nana was around to send her such a lovely birthday message. Lovely Nana Opal then offered to be her adopted Nana, to wish her happy birthday and check in on her. I was completely stunned and I think it’s probably the kindest and sweetest story I’ve read in a long time.
when was the last time you saw a random act of kindness?
It got me thinking about the things you can do to brighten people’s days. A couple of weeks ago, Emma and I were with another mother as they played in a massive puddle. When I say massive, it’s not word of a lie and in Emma’s words when we arrived home and we told Daddy about it, “big puddle…TOO big”. When we were puddle jumping, this lady’s little boy kept trying to push Emma and his mum was mortified. She didn’t even look at me, until I turned to her and smiled. I told her it’s an age thing and not to worry. Immediately she softened and we had a little chat about the children.
Just a little smile to let her know that it’s okay.
But truth be told, I’m not sure I’m a particularly kind person. I wish I could sit here and reel off a list of when I was the one giving a random act of kindness to make someone happier – but I haven’t at all. I have a short fuse and things bug me that really shouldn’t. I sometimes have to remind myself to be a little kinder to my long-suffering other half, who puts up with quite a lot. I could certainly be more considerate and thoughtful in our day to day life, and take the time to be a little kinder to the people around me.
I’ve read some wonderful things over the years of one beautiful act of kindness after another. I find that these moments are so rare nowadays that they seem to go viral instantly – something I also find quite sad at the same time. I particularly loved this article by The Stylist as it featured little stories that I hadn’t heard of before. From footballers opening up their hotel for homeless people to stay, to the woman who paid the parking ticket for a mother with a sick baby. Reading these stories made me feel all fuzzy and after the past month of such tragedy, it made me relieved that there is still some good in the world.
so here’s to the little things
The things that seem so mundane but make a difference. Here’s to putting the empty loo roll in the bin, tidying up the toys, telling each other that we see what the other is doing and we appreciate it. Here’s to surprise smiles, comfortable silence when the children are finally in bed and knowing that it was those little things that made all the difference.
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