A Little Kindness Goes A Long Way
I was at a Moon River Studio paint and sip event on Wheeling Island one evening waiting for my friend to arrive when I notice a lady walking around looking like a deer in headlights. I went over to her and asked if she was alone for the class or if she was waiting for someone. She said she was there alone, so I asked if she wanted to come and sit with me and wait for my friend to arrive. With a great big smile on her face she said that would be great and explained that she was new to the area. We sat and talked a little until my friend arrived and then we both listened to her tell us about her twins and her husband. We had a nice conversation and enjoyed the paint and sip that evening. I once saw a young man and his dog at one of the intersections asking for money. I rolled down my window and asked him the last time he had a full bag of dog food for his canine friend. He said he never had anyone ask about his dog before. I then pulled over and asked what kind of food he feeds to his dog. He told me and I asked him what he would like from Subway, Wendy’s or McDonald’s. I returned with a bag of food and drinks for him and his dog. I also got the dog a new leash and dog bowls. The young man was very grateful and so was his dog.
Why have I told you these two stories? It’s because I’m blessed that I could help someone out, be it with my actions or with a bag of dog food. All it takes is a little bit of your time to turn someone’s day around. A smile can go a long way for someone who is having an awful day. We all need to be a little more understanding of the world and the people around us. I know that there are people out there pulling scams, but sometimes you just have to trust your gut instinct and go with it to help someone. God will let you know when and where that might be, for God speaks though all of us at different times in our life though our actions. My mother always said treat people the way you want to be treated, but don’t expect everyone to treat you that way because there are some people in our world who are just downright mean. No matter what you do for them they will always want more or it will never be right, but that doesn’t mean you treat them any differently. They don’t have the relationship with God that you do. She also told me that there are givers and takers in this world and encouraged me to always be a giver and never a taker. She also said to never let anyone tell you or make you feel that you’re not worthy. There will always be someone out there who has the need to put you down, talk down to you or talk about you. They are no better than you, and we all put our pants on the same way. In the end, God will be the judge of us all. I pray that I live up to my mother’s words and expectations. There is good in all of us. Sometimes you need to dig a little deeper with certain people to find it. Always be kind and humble even when it kills you. Rock on, people. Rock on.