I have been blessed to receive a fair number of random acts of kindness, but no single act lives up to the experience I had most recently.
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I was working, and I helped an older lady find some gluten free items for an upcoming trip to Japan. I sampled her a Lära Bar, and gave her as much information as I could. I told her to travel safe and come back for more if she liked them. Before leaving, she placed an envelope in my line of sight and gave me a sly look. I looked at it, a bit puzzled and cocked my head, “For me?”
She nodded her head towards it with a smile and left. I opened it fervently, right in that spot, feet planted firmly on the ground. Inside I discovered the most heartfelt, perfectly anonymous letter I could ever have imagined receiving.
I chose to publicly share this little piece of blissful human kindness, because I find the love lurking beneath these words to be incredibly contagious.
I have this posted by my bedroom door as a reminder each day: enter carefully into the world, extending love, compassion and kindness. Do so, and love, compassion and kindness will return to you.
I was fortunate to devour the words in this card quickly enough to catch the woman, tears in my eyes, and ask her for a hug. She hugged me tightly and I told her she is a beautiful soul, and that I was at a loss for any other words. Her husband tearfully agreed that she is, indeed, a beautiful soul. When she pulled back from the embrace, the look in her sparkling eyes said more to me than words could ever convey, and we parted. I was shaken and filled with feelings of such vibrancy and emotional awareness for the rest of the evening that I vowed never to let her words fade away, nor pass up an opportunity to practice a random act of kindness.