I love hearing stories where someone has been the recipient of a random act of kindness.
The idea of people being kind to one another without expecting anything back in return is a wonderful notion and restores my faith in humanity.
I wasn’t surprised to learn that 17th February is Random Act of Kindness Day in the UK.
Laura, you rock!
Last year, I read a story about a woman who parked her car in a hospital car park. She had to stay in hospital with her nine-week-old son and was discharged a few days later. Upon returning to her car, she noticed she had received a parking ticket. When she opened the envelope she noticed a pink Post-it note saying, “Hi there, I saw your car had a parking ticket on it. I’m sure whatever you are going through at hospital is tough enough so I have paid it for you. Hope things get better!!”
The person who paid the fine left her name on the note as “Laura”. The grateful mother took to the internet in a bid to find and thank her mystery donor.
My friend sent me an article about 83-year-old Elizabeth Laird, Texas, who would travel to the nearby army base, Fort Hood, to pay respect to departing troops by giving them a hug, something which she had done since 2003.
One day, Elizabeth wasn’t there and her community found out that she had been readmitted to hospital due to an eleven year battle with cancer.
The men and women that Elizabeth had stood by over the years began visiting her in hospital to return all the hugs. They also started a GoFundMe page and raised $95k to help cover her medical expenses. Sadly, Elizabeth died in 2015.
Elizabeth Laird’s selfless act brought joy and happiness to people around her and I’m sure her memory and kindness will live on.
Fix my picture
I’m a member of a closed Facebook group called Random Acts of Kindness Photo Restoration Group where members post pictures they would like restored. I have been following this group for a while and I have to say there are some very talented and kind people out there. The restored pictures look amazing and this is a fabulous group.
Smile, you’re beautiful
I’ve been a recipient of a Random Act of Kindness myself.
In August 2014, I was on my way to work and when I got near my station, I noticed a piece of paper wedged in the corner of a window which said, “Smile, you’re beautiful”.
I have no idea who put it there or whether it was actually intended for me, but it made me smile for the rest of the day and I’ve never forgotten it.
Never underestimate the impact of a random act of kindness.
If you have any Random Act of Kindness stories you would like to share, please email me.