A Stranger’s Act of Kindness

By Katie, 4:28 pm

**Thank you so much for all of your well wishes for my mom’s surgery; your thoughts, prayers, and sweet comments are greatly appreciated! I’m happy to say it went very well. She’s a little uncomfortable and has to sleep upright for the next week 8-O , but that’s a small price to pay for her vision!**

I wanted to share just a quick little story with you. Recently I was having one of those grumpy days. You know the kind. For whatever reason, I woke up annoyed and it only got worse from there. I was irritated with Dave over nothing at all, and I even snapped at my lovely little kitties!  :-( I was just being a grouch and trying to bring everyone else down with me.

What brought me out of this crabby state-of-being? A stranger’s little act of kindness.

Later in the day I went to the grocery store. When I reached the check-out counter, I was greeted with a genuine smile and a “How are you doing today?” from the cashier. She was bright and bubbly, but not in the so-overly-chipper-it’s-annoying kind of way, you know what I mean? She just seemed happy to be alive! :-D

In response to her question, I replied gloomily, “Oh, you know, it’s just one of those days.” She nodded in understanding.

Once all of my canvas bags were packed, the cashier handed me my receipt. But instead of the customary “Have a good day” that usually seems so forced and unauthentic, she looked me right in the eye, gave me a big grin, and said, “I really hope your day starts getting better soon.” And you know what? In that moment, it did.

No big deal, right? And yet how often do we take that extra second – make that small extra effort – to show some genuine kindness to a complete stranger?

The situation was a good reminder for me that you just never know when a seemingly inconsequential action is going to have a major impact on someone else. Flashing a (genuine) smile, holding the door open, asking someone how they’re doing and actually listening to the response – these little everyday acts might be just what the other person needs.

Have you ever been the recipient of a complete stranger’s small act of kindness?

4 Responses to “A Stranger’s Act of Kindness”

  1. Awww…sweet story! I think random acts of kindness are the BEST way to brighten up someone else’s day…plus, performing a RAK for someone else always brightens up MY day as well! :-)

  2. Lisa says:

    Glad to hear your mom is doing well! I imagine something like that can be quite scary!

    This is a really sweet story. I’ve had a few instances like this, but not many. There are a few guys I see almost every day who work along my street and I see them so many times we’ve started saying hello as I walk by. Even when I’m having a lousy day, I know that if I see them, they’ll brighten my day because they always take time to give a wave, a handshake and a smile. Glad your day turned around!

  3. Oh Katie I’m so glad your mom is ok!
    I loved this story. Sometimes a stranger can just turn everything around. I have had moments like that. I can’t think of a specific instance at the moment but I truly treasure the times when I make a real simple connection with someone. Even when I pull up to a toll booth, I just want to feel genuine and like each experience isn’t just a canned statement or a traditional nicety. So important to recognize this, because paying it forward could help someone else. Great message!

  4. Jessie says:

    Oh gosh, I’m so glad to hear your mom is ok! I can imagine the surgery must have been uncomfortable in her eye. Best wishes for a super speedy recovery for her!

    Cheerful acts of kindness can really brighten my day, too. I remember when I was at summer camp, I was in a group called the “RASKers”, where we had to do Random ActS of Kindness every day. I didn’t realize until years later the good that we were doing. People loved us :)

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