Inspired by a number of “30 Days of Thanks” posts during the month of November, I embarked on a “24 days of Random Act of Christmas Kindness”. It was never about the specific random acts of Christmas kindness, but rather, to inspire others to show kindness towards one another by paying it forward. But the real outcome was something I wasn’t quite expecting. I became more aware of opportunities to help and show kindness towards others.
And that was never more apparent than today.
My daughter and I were shopping at our local Shopko store buying baby supplies needed because my two youngest grandchildren were staying with us the next few days. We had finished our shopping and were in our car and in the process of leaving the parking lot when my daughter said to me, “Ohhh, that lady needs some help.” I looked up immediately and saw an elderly woman walking in the parking lot towards us. She was stooped down carrying two large plastic shopping bags. The parking lot had about 3 inches of soft, slushy snow, the result of a recent snowfall. I told my daughter to stop so I could hop out of the car and help her. I walked over to her and our conversation went something like this:
Me: “Ma’am, can I help you with your bags?”
Appearing a little taken aback and almost a little embarrassed, she said “Yes”.
Me: I took one of the bags and held her arm as she walked over to her car.
As we were walking, she said, “I was trying to be careful so I wouldn’t fall.”
I replied, “Yes, it did snow quite a bit.” I opened her back seat and put the shopping bag I carried for her along with hers into the back seat.
She smiled up at me and kindly said, “I hope you had a Merry Christmas.”
I smiled and replied, “Yes, I did. Did you have a Merry Christmas?”
She said, “Yes, it was a lot of fun”.
I replied, “Great, You have a good day.”
She said, “I will. It is a little better now. Thank You.”
I then helped her into the front seat and shut her door.
I immediately hopped back into our car and we drove off. Choking back tears, I recounted our conversation to my daughter. I have to admit, this was the best “Random Act of Christmas Kindness,” even though it wasn’t part of my 24 day challenge and it was after Christmas.
It didn’t cost any money, there no pictures, she wasn’t expecting it, she was kind and grateful, it was heartwarming and we both have the memory.
My “Random Act of Christmas Kindness” has made me just a little better – and not with what I have done, but the impact others and God’s grace have done to me. Sometimes one goes through life without stopping or pondering about life that goes on around them. I wish for more times of pondering and breathing and thinking and feelings of gratefulness. And I also wish that for you and our world. . .