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Kindness Korner

Three Nice Stories of Care and Kindness

Dean Wilson says he tries to plant kindness in his mind each day on his long arduos drive to his work from Huntingto0n Beach to West Hollywood. He endeavors to think and act caring all the way. When he succeeds he finds the trip flows smoothly.

When he forgets and slips into anger and aggressive driving, trying to out-maneuver others, he arrives upset, irritated and agitated.
Intending to act kindly and caring soothes his soul and is considerate of others as well.

Donna Slade received an unexpected blessing on a frantically busy toll road. When she stopped at the toll booth the man smiled and said have a blessed day.

She said it absolutely lifted her spirits so much that she was delivering care and kindness the rest of the day.

An especially mixed up doctor's office she had to visit the same day totally frustrated her. But she said she managed to say "I know there is irritation in my voice right now but I really appreciate your efforts to work this out." The clerk was flabbergasted. She smiled and clearly felt renewed in energy as she went back to solve the confusion. Plus, said Donna, I felt so good the rest of the day.

I had just completed leading the funeral of a dear woman. We were invited by her husband Dave Cook to come to their house after the general refreshment hour, to unwind and talk. Linda and I arrived early so I took some shrimp and a glass of wine and sat down at a large round table off to the side. After sitting there alone a few minutes, maybe five minutes, a young girl suddenly plopped down in an empty chair on the other side of the table. 

She sat facing me so after a couple of seconds I said “what are you doing here, all by yourself?” Her reply really surprised me. She said “I saw you sitting here all by yourself and I thought you might like some company” I was stunned. She was a very young girl in her early teens. A few minutes later she told me she was 14. 

For the next little while I did little more than praise her and express admiration for what she had done. Then we got acquainted and spent some pleasant time chatting. But before we parted I made sure she, and others now gathered nearby, knew what an outstanding and unusual act of loving-kindness that young lady had given.

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