The following two short stories from A Magazine for People and Possiilities, Victoria M Hay, Publisher, demonstrate how a random kind word or gesture can turn someone’s world right side up.
First up is an 18-year old teenager, Brittany Eckert, who needed to hear something positive about teenagers from an adult. And, then, a mom who needed to be reminded of the treasure she had in her 2-year old daughter. This one will definitely receive a prop from any mom who has been on a mandatory shopping trip with her toddler after a long day. Both stories remind us of the power of a kind word or gesture spoken “on the fly”. Enjoy!
From Brittany Eckert
This is really little, but it made my day. I am an 18 year old and lately I have been hearing more and more stories on the news about “how awful today’s teenagers are.” Its always sad to hear what people say about the category of humans that you fit into.
I went to pick up some supplies for school one afternoon and I simply held the door open for a frail-looking elderly woman. To my delight she was extremely grateful and said things like “thank you so much!”, and “you teenagers are so sweet these days.” She quickly put a big smile on my face and I told some friends at school. They thought it was really neat.
Isn’t it wonderful how sometimes, the littlest things can touch you in the perfect way? It’s just a thought, but to me an act of kindness is a gift to you, as well as the person you give it to.
From A Mother and Child
One day I was shopping with my child after work to pick up supplies needed for an employee celebration. I was exhausted and wanted to get in and out quickly. My child was tired and cranky and wanted out of the shopping cart. She was grabbing for every item we passed. I was losing my patience and temper when an elderly woman came over to us. She took my child’s hand, and said “what a lovely child.” My little girl was quiet immediately. The woman looked at me. She had an angelic smile and then again said, “they are so wonderful at this age.” At once I felt peaceful and in control of the situation. After she walked away, I found a snack that pleased me and my little one and we had a pleasant shopping trip. That one moment of someone reminding me what a treasure I had turned my whole attitude around and made my shopping trip so much easier.
Excerpts are from Random Acts of Kindness Edition with 33 Heartfelt “Stories of Kindness” Collection of Stories Copyright © 1998 by Rebecca Ryan Resources.
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