A little kindness goes a long way!

Today I’ve gotten to experience such kindness that you normally see during one season a year. Not only that, but I received some news that I’ve been waiting on for quite some time and only midway through the day. Let me start with what started this feeling of joy within me.

I completed my morning workout and after gabbing on the phone with one of my closest friends, I remembered to call the company that was sending me my CPAP machine. It has been a long 2 months of trying to complete this process in my bariatric journey, most of which had to do with this sleep study process. Unfortunately my insurance referral was for a company that was local. I mean it was good for my gas, but my surgeon warned me that they won’t be as quick as the company they work with. Needless to say, she was right. Once the study was done which took a month for the appointment and results, it took an additional month of working with the company to order the device. Sorry, I went on a tangent. I guess I’m still annoyed by that process. Anyway, the point I’m trying to get to is that I called today to figure out how to track the device. It was finally ordered a couple days ago and I didn’t receive any tracking info. The wonderful woman I spoke with (I’m saying she was wonderful because she told me what I wanted to hear), she let me know that it would come by the next Wednesday! When I tell you I wanted to find a way to hug her through the phone, I would’ve if I could. That made my day, or at least it was enough to only that’s not all.

I needed to go to the store to pick up a few things. It wasn’t enough to order online and pick up so I was forced to brave the outside world. Look I can’t risk catching covid, not this close to getting surgery! I needed a few small things, but you know how it goes when you enter a store. You have a small list in your head and then you walk out with double of what you came for. I don’t understand how things just hop in the cart while walking and I’m not one to take the time to put them back where they belong. So I planned on spending $25, but once I got to the register, there was no way there was $25 in my cart. As I waited patiently behind this older couple, the gentleman and I locked eyes and exchanged and smile behind our masks. Now as my mother pointed out to me when I called her, we could have been glaring at each other, however that was the furthest thing from my mind. After we smiled at one another, I continued looking around the store at everyone passing by and checking out. My attention adverted back to the man in front of me and he placed the divider on the belt so I could place my things on it too. I thanked him and proceeded to do just as he intended for me to. Then I continued to wait, listening to Pony by Genuine through my AirPods. Then the older woman who was with him asked me for my cart. I thought to myself, “what is going on?” I then, take out my headphones because I realize they were paying for my things. I didn’t expect something like this to happen. I tried to let them know that they didn’t have to, I could have, but they insisted. It was literally the sweetest thing. What they didn’t know is that I planned on borrowing from my savings to pay for what I put in my cart. I could have put things back and I wasn’t technically hurting for the money to pay for my things, I just spent more than planned. The total was more than most would have been willing to pay out of kindness. They let me know that they hoped I’d pay it forward too. It should go without saying that I definitely will. It felt good to see such kindness for no other reason than to just be kind. I will remember this and I wanted to share it with you all. Share in the power of kindness and it doesn’t have to have a monetary value. A smile alone could be enough to brighten someones day if you can’t do anything else.

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