A Kind Act I Can’t Forget
For those of you who have read my book, My Courage to Tell, you know that my “awakening” came later on in my life when an aunt passed away in Manhattan a few years ago. Her death was the start of a series of events for me, and my life. Along with my Aunt Vanna’s tragic death, I was experiencing some PTSD symptoms when dealing with my toxic family—things were completely upside down.
On one of the many visits to my lawyer, I brought in some forms that required a lawyer’s stamp and notarization. I needed to send the forms to New York to start the administration process with my aunt’s estate. I was quite distraught and upset at the whole situation.
My lawyer was unavailable, so I visited another lawyer in the office that I had never met before. The lawyer walked in the room. He asked me what I needed. I started to explain to him about the terrible situation and as I did, I started to cry. I could tell he had some empathy for my situation. He walked out of the room and came back with the stamp to notarize my forms.
After he was finished, I asked him how much I owed him for his time and for notarizing the papers. “No charge,” he said. I looked at him bewildered as I was quite confused by what he said. “It’s random act of kindness day,” he continued. “Don’t worry about it.”
I felt a tremendous amount of emotion and was so grateful for his generosity.
That random act stayed with me. I was grateful for the lawyer not only for recognizing how this situation was affecting me, but also for deciding to pass that kindness to me. A stranger.
Every little bit of kindness does matter. It doesn’t matter how small. I wrote about kindness in my book. I believe that Godliness is what we do for others. I hope that I give hope and inspire people. I know that a lot of people are hurting and suffer in silence. That’s my “random act of kindness”. Helping others, we help ourselves.
Chapter 26, Godliness
I remember hearing a woman talk about her near-death experience. She had been fixated on her looks and had abused her body with diet pills. When she had her experience, she was given a very important message. All the little things she had done over the years – all the random acts of kindness – mattered. Not winning the gold medal at the cheerleading competitions. Not the things that she thought were so important. It was the things she did each day for others. Helping a little old lady across the street.
It is the acts of goodwill, the selfless acts, which show a person’s true goodness and character. Godliness is when we exhibit kindness and love for others.
Amazon: My Courage to Tell