What a blessing this man was to my family. I think in this world where faster is better and we’ve got no time to spare, it is such an enormous gift to give someone your time. That is a gift so precious to all. And he unselfishly gave a complete stranger and hour and a half. The human spirit just moves me. So often we are so cynical of people these days. And rightly so it would seem. After all isn't that what the nightly news teaches us? To be alert, code orange, be suspect, trust no one, be a watchdog. And if you heap all the personal betrayal onto that, who stands a chance? I love when the human spirit or Holy Spirit just breaks free and refuses to play by the earthly rules, the self-serving, sarcastic, skeptical rules. I like to think the right thing is that little voice in our head, the voice that you know you should trust, but it would make things harder, longer, and less easy. To be obedient to that voice, to God, to the Golden Rule is the hardest choice most often. That is putting God first and foremost, by following his commands and example. Well the way I’m talking this stranger up here, you’d have thought it was the Dalai Lama sitting by me or something. Just another reason we need to see more kindness in this world, and that only begins with us.
I gave that stranger, Mike, a hug when I left. Incredible day, amazing blessing, I'm looking to the future with anticipation at my chance to pay it forward.
"No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves."