Surprised, I said yes and instantly went from 40% happy to 65% happy. Sure, the barista's Abercrombie and Fitch-worthy face made me somewhat happy (okay, a lot happy) but what really did it was the simple act of kindness that I'd been invited to participate in.
This tiny and almost insignificant act of kindness brightened my morning.
Another time, I was sitting at my desk in The Fiery Gates of Torment/Hell, frowning and morose, amidst towers of paperwork and ringing phones when some poor soul approached my cubicle. Agitated, I looked up at the person and unsuccessfully tried not to snap, "Good God! WHAT NOW?! "
Yeah, I'm kind of mean.
The person tentatively mentioned what they needed and because of their hesitation, I felt guilty for sounding like a wench and attempted to politely explain that I was busy with the work of filing Hell's paperwork and what-not, so would they mind stopping by later?
The person did come back later, with a huge chocolate candy bar and a very kind smile.
How kind is that?!
Those lovely people who pay for a stranger's order at Starbucks and who give snappy receptionists candy bars are the sort who make this world a better place.
They make me want to be more kind.
Annnd...they also make me want to write a story about kindness.
Yep, those two incidents have inspired me with a story idea that isn't just yet fully formed. But, I know that I want the story to start off with an unexpected act of kindness that triggers a series of related events.
These days, we hear of tragedy after tragedy and I'd like to know if you've heard or seen any recent acts of kindness that have inspired you to, not necessarily write a story, but to just feel better about humanity in general.
So, have you heard of or seen any recent inspiring acts of kindness?
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