Friday, May 20, 2011

The Power of Kindness

"Spread kindness - you never know how far the ripple effect will flow." ~Mama Hen
Thursday was a day that I really felt the power that kindness has on people. I was waiting in line for a sandwich and I saw a state trooper standing in line waiting also. When my cousin was here last week and I had to drive her to the air port (an hour and half, but with traffic a lot more) I wanted to make sure Little Chick's new car seat was installed properly. I had called the local fire stations and the police departments and found that many places do not do that any more. I found one police officer who would be able to do it, but was not on duty until next week. So my cousin and I full proofed Little Chick's seat, but I still wanted to have a professional take a look and do it properly. While waiting in line I decided to ask the state trooper if he knew the best place to call. He was so kind and said, "I would be happy to take a look and make sure to install it properly for you." I was so happy! We went out to the car and he took a good twenty minutes to take it out and put it back in the right way. He said that my cousin and I had done a great job, however, it was not done correctly, so he did it for me. I thanked him for taking the time to help me. After he left I went back into the deli and asked if the officer came into the place often. The owner said that he stopped in every three weeks or so. I said that I wanted to pay for a sandwich, snack and drink for the next time he came back. I gave the man some money and he took my name and wrote down about the car seat. When I left I felt so happy to know that I was able to thank the kind officer for going out of his way. The owner had a huge smile on his face as well as the others beside me that had heard what I wanted to do. Perhaps these acts of kindness inspired more acts of kindness. I know it encouraged a lot of smiles, which is a wonderful gift.

Thanksgiving Thursday: 1.) Little Chick and my family. 2.) the gift of being able to pass on my love of the beach, kayaking and so much more to my beautiful daughter. 3.) For the sun peeking through after days of rain. 4.) The power of music and its ability to heal the soul. 5.) For having had an amazing Daddy that I remember so happily each and every day.

12 comments:

  1. Awesome officer and so sweet of you to bless him back!! I love paying it forward!

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  2. Great story. It really makes me smile - I'm so grateful for that officer who took time like that. And so sweet of you to pay for his meal.

    Love it!

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  3. That was so nice of the officer to do! I had no idea that this wasn't common practice anymore. I'm glad you were able to repay in in some way. He will be excited!

    I'm a new follower...I met you on Mommy Bloggers. http://www.grandmasguidetolife.blogspot.com

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  4. Love that story and I love that state trooper. What a gem!

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  5. hiya! New follower here from http://wifemamadoula.blogspot.com.

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  6. I always feel inspired upon hearing stories about acts of kindness. Thanks for sharing the story. I know the people around were inspired too.

    have a great weekend!

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  7. kindness is really contagious..for sure you have inspired the deli owner and those around you! =)

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  8. Isn't it great how kindness seems to come full cycle?!?

    You always have so much to share! =)

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  9. I love this post! And I love that you do Thanksgiving Thursday...I was *just* thinking of starting something like that on my blog.

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  10. I love it when kindness breeds kindness. You are such a role model for that MH.

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