Appreciate the kindness of others
Monday, September 16, 2013 3:44 AM
The best part of life is not just surviving, but thriving with passion, compassion, humor, generosity and kindness, and using these tools to improve the lives of those around you.
Most people who know me, know that I am a big believer in karma. You get back what you put into the world. Love and kindness begets love and kindness. And you should always be good to those around you, because you just never know when you might need a helping hand.
Throughout the course of my life, I have been continuously reminded that there are still so many good people in the world. Time and time again, I have been blessed with having the right people in my life at the right time. Sometimes, it's a family member who has taken time out of his or her own busy schedule to help make my life a little easier. Sometimes it's a friend who has offered a listening ear when I needed to vent. And sometimes, it's a complete stranger who comes out of nowhere to my rescue. All of these people are my heroes.
This last weekend, I was once again reminded of just how kind and selfless people can be. My car decided to die at the local convenience store. Before I could even let out a few choice words, there was a man tapping on my window telling me to pop the hood. After checking a few things, he told me that he would be back. He returned with a portable battery jumper that he borrowed from the car dealership across the street. In a matter of a few minutes, I was up and running.
I thanked the man and offered him money, which he refused. And then in a matter of a few seconds, he was gone. I realized that I never even got his name. So I called the convenience store, and the car dealership only to be given the name "George."
The very next day, I faced almost the exact same scenario while boating on the river. My friend's boat wouldn't start back up after being docked on an island. Within a matter of a few minutes, a nice gentleman appeared from nowhere and got it started right back up, expecting nothing in return. But this time, I made it a point to ask his name. He only replied with "Tim, someone who just wanted to help out."
I have written many articles about making sure that the special people in your life know that they are valued and appreciated. And to be thankful for all that people do for you! Never take even the smallest acts of kindness for granted. Instead, live your life lifting others up. Always treat people with respect. Be positive. Be true to your values. Do your best. Do things that bring you in contact with your passions. Take care of yourself, your family and your friends. Be the person that makes others feel special. Be known for your kindness and honesty.
Today, I am writing this article to say thank you to George and Tim, and everybody else who has taken time to help a complete stranger out of the goodness of their heart. And even though I wasn't able to repay George and Tim for their generosity, I know that they will eventually be rewarded on a much greater level, because what goes around, comes around!
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