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Many, many, many years ago I found this poem in a Reader’s Digest “Points to Ponder” section. It struck me with such meaning that I pulled the page out and tucked it in my wallet. (Don’t worry; it was my own Reader’s Digest… not one at the doctor’s office!!) At first I referred to it often and as the years went by, I read it less often. Today, as I was searching for something in my wallet, I came across it once again. It still holds the same meaning today as it did so many years ago. I thought I would share it with you…
Is anybody happier because you passed his way?
Does anyone remember that you spoke to him today?
Can you say tonight, in parting with the day that’s slipping fast,
That you helped a single brother of the many that you passed?
Is a single heart rejoicing over what you did or said?
Does the man whose hopes were fading, now with courage look ahead?
Did you leave a trail of kindness, or a scar of discontent?
As you close your eyes in slumber, do you think that God will say,
“You have earned one more tomorrow by the work you did today”?
(-Quoted in a newsletter of the First Christian Church, Fairfield Ill-)
I want to share with you, kindness that blesses my life, unexpectedly… everyday.
I remember when my relationship with Gord was still very new. It was winter and one morning we woke up to find it had snowed during the night. Without giving it a second thought… after all, we do live in Alberta… we went about our morning routine. He would usually leave for work before I did in the morning and that morning was no different. But, I was soon to find out it was different. When I went to leave for work there was a path shovelled through the snow from the front door of the house to the driver’s door of my CR-V, and a note stuck on the steering wheel that said, “I love you”.
That morning was different for me because I had never experienced such unexpected acts of unconditional kindness before. But for Gord it wasn’t different and I came to learn there would be many more times where he would do little things that would warm my heart and remind me of one of the many reasons I love him.
Gord doesn’t look for places to be kind and helpful, nor does he do it for his own ego. Being kind to others is natural for him; spontaneous. He has taught me so much about giving… just because. My heart is often filled with warmth as I watch him assist others; an elderly man behind us at the grocery store struggling to put his groceries from his scooter basket onto the till belt, or stop what he is doing and go back down the isle at Superstore to help a woman he has noticed wrestling a huge box into her cart. There are more.
Gord is such a wonderful gift; not only to me, but to the world, and if his random acts of unconditional kindness have any bearing on how many tomorrows he will have… he will live a very, very long life!
Please, share a short story in the comment box below… of a time when someone warmed your heart because of an unexpected act of kindness… just because.
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