Random acts of kindness

5 weeks ago I got run over by a car. Luckily it wasn’t a hit and run and the driver while stunned just dat there, his wife got out and made sure I didn’t get up. I didn’t realize I was bleeding all over the pavement.

Wearing a neck brace for this past 5 weeks has had a profound change on my lifestyle. I’ve lost my job, I’ve lost my place to live. If it wasn’t for the kindness of my parents I’d be living on the streets.

Every two days two nurses must come to our home. Since I cannot take off my neck brace without someone holding my spine it requires assistance to change the padding.

The point of the story however, is not about my challenges in life. Rather, it’s my post about being kind to others. My nurses are very punctual, they always show up on time. If they are not here the head office calls because they have not called in to say they are here.

Today was a day of people being late. My physiotherapist was late so I was late getting into and out of the shower today. For the first time my nurses arrived at their scheduled time and had to wait for me. The irony is one of my nurses was late. She was so apologetic and felt guilty for being late. My act of kindness for today was explaining to her how it did not matter.

People always try to do their best, at least most of the time. By simply saying that it was no problem she was late, and explaining how I too was late, it relieves some of the uncomfortable feelings that were present in the room.

When someone lets you down, it’s important to understand that the problem is really your own. When someone is clearly uncomfortable with a mistake they have made, go out of your way to tell them a story about how it doesn’t matter.

I challenge you to send out a random act of kindness today. And for those fellow writers of mine who read my posts, if you’re having trouble coming up with something to write about today simply complete an act of kindness and write about it, as I have done here.

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