Before I start my article, I want to share with you a quick story.
During my lunch hour, I went to my local Mcdonalds. It wasnt that busy, but there were two other woman looking at the menu, and only one cashier was open.
We weren’t in any line, just clumped together, I figuered we were looking at the menu, deciding what to order. One of the woman had her two little kids with her.
As I took a step foward to order, so did the woman with her kids. Noticing that we were going to the register at the same time, I let her go first, because I know parenthood, and how kids become impatient. She said “Thank you” and proceeded to the register.
Out of nowhere, the third lady began to yell, stating how she was here first. The woman with the two kids, backed off and let her walk to the register, telling her kids to wait. As the third woman ordered, she kept yelling obscinites about unfairness and injustice.
The first lady apologized and told her to please refrain from using curse words in front of her kids. That made the third woman more upset and she yelled even more. Fustrated the second woman grabbed her kids and left.
This type of actions really bother me. At Mcdonalds’. Really?
In a time when there is so much wrong in the world, we, as a people, should treat each other with kindness, or at least with a little respect.
I am not saying that everyone in the world is rude, but the majority are.
I watched the woman leave with her hungry children.
The events of last friday also left me stunned. I hugged my little one, happy to have her safe, and am thankful that my family makes it home each night, safe.
Today I dont want to focus on negativity, instead I want to prove that there is still hope for the human race.
I want to highlight examples of human kindness, like….
1. This story about Japanese senior citizens who volunteered to tackle the nuclear crisis at Fukushima power station so that young people wouldn’t have to subject themselves to radiation
2. 17-year-old Meghan Vogel was in last place in the 3,200-meter run when she caught up to competitor Arden McMath, whose body was giving out. Instead of running past her to avoid the last-place finish, Vogel put McMath’s arm around her shoulders, carried her 30 meters, and then pushed her over the finish line before crossing it.
3. This note.
4. Or this note.
5. Plaza Cleaners in Portland, OR, helped over 2,000 unemployed workers who couldn’t afford dry cleaning. The store’s owner estimated that it cost his company $32,000 dollars.
6. This dog rescue
Sue Drummond was walking her beloved Shih Tzu, Bibi, on a pier in Melbourne, when a fierce gust of wind picked him up and hurled him into the rough waters of the bay. A passerby, Raden Soemawinata, who happened to be on the pier that day to scatter his grandmother’s ashes, wasted no time in stripping down and diving into the bay to rescue the animal.
7. A human chain passes containers of fuel up 13 flights of stairs to the backup generator at Bellevue Hospital.
8. The community who helped a little boy.
9. This Face Book post.
10. This security guard at Disney
11. This kid who stood up against Hate.
12. A Michigan soccer team who gave their manager, who has down syndrome, a change to start.
13. A child who doesn’t believe in hate.
14. These awesome parents who gave their son in a wheelchair the best Halloween costume.
15. A terminally ill man who loves to receive mail.
Scott Widak has Down syndrome and suffers from liver disease, and he loves receiving mail. His nephew Sean posted his P.O. Box on Reddit and the site’s users responded with hundreds of letters, packages, and gifts.
16. This woman who helped a homeless man stay dry
17. The police officer who helped a 13 year old blind kid realize his dream of become a police officer.
18. This doctor after Hurricane Sandy.
19. These parents
20. This couple
These are just a few examples out of thousands. Every day we hear about the bad that is going on in the world, I just wanted to highlight some positive and prove that there is still compassion in the world. Don’t fall under the assumption that it is the Season of Giving or Season of Caring. This shouldn’t be relegated to just a season, but year round. Ever act of kindness, no matter how small or insignificant you think it is, makes a difference.
Do something nice, not because you have to, or because you want to, or because of Karma, just because.
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. Enjoy your time with your family and be grateful for what you have, not for what you are going to receive.