When KINDNESS made a Difference

Monday, April 13, 2015





Of all the virtues, I believe that Kindness is the most important. Why? Because with Kindness, one can make a world of difference. Kindness is seeing the good in every person. Kindness is choosing to love in all circumstances. With Kindness a human shares in a divine power to create little miracles in the lives of the people he touches.  

I remember the other day, coming from my doctor's appointment, I rushed to the other side of the road to catch the next bus. I saw this lady wearing a long black dress, her head almost fully covered with only her face showing up. She was smiling at me even before I could say a word. Not sure if I was at the right waiting station, I asked, "Is this going to STC?"

With a friendly smile, the lady replied, "Yes." 

I sighed in relief and said, "Thank you." Then I further queried, "Is the bus coming soon?"

Having sensed my anxiety, she assured me, "It should come anytime soon. The interval just took longer this time." 

"Thank you. I wasn't sure because I am not from here." 

"I see. As for me, I am not also sure if the driver will accept my student card."

Moved by her concern, I tried returning her reassuring gesture earlier, "I think it should be O.K." Then I thought of letting her go in first so that if the driver rejects her I can offer to pay for her fare.

Thankfully the driver accepted her card.

The lady sat beside me inside the bus. Feeling befriended by her pleasant aura, I tried to know a little bit of her story. I learned that she came from Pakistan and she is here with her kid while her husband is back home. She added that she is actually on her way to a job fair hoping to find a job that will help her and her family get by. 

Within that 5-minute chat, somehow I could imagine what her life is like. I could tell life has been hard for her through the wrinkles on her forehead and on the side of her eyes.

Out of curiosity, I asked her, "how will you come back later? Do you still have another card?"

With calmness in her face, she responded, "I do not know how. I will think about it later."

My heart melted. Suddenly I felt compelled by compassion to help this lady. So I offered her my last token. "Here, you can have my token. Please accept this."

"Oh, thank you so much for your kindness", is all that she was able to say. 

I saw her beam with joy and gratitude. And to me, it was priceless. I do not often see that kind of genuine appreciation for what little act that I do. It warmed my heart. 

Then she gave me the sincerest smile and alighted. 

By the way, that night, I got one of my prayers answered. :)

Throughout the years, I have proven that kindness blesses the giver as much as the person being helped or loved. There is always the inexplicable joy in making one person smile or being an answer to someone's prayer.

If I may suggest, you can adopt the RAK or "Random Act of Kindness" project at any given time. It should not be always equivalent to money or material things. You can offer a seat in the train or bus to an old folk. Or you can help strangers carry their stuff for them. There is just so many little things that we can do. And we never know what a big impact it could be to someone's life.

Surely, in our lifetime, we have experienced being helped at some point, so let's endeavor to pay it forward with kindness. It just makes the world a better place to live in, one kind act at a time. 





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This post is part of the A to Z April Challenge
a blog hop that goes through the alphabet
for all the days of April except Sundays.
Today's feature is K for KINDNESS.

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5 comments :

  1. In the end, only kindness matters. That's Sir Emir's fave line, I think!

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    1. Hinde ba sa Captain America yan? Hehehe! Not sure though.

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  2. What a great reflection on kindness. The story of your encounter with the lady at the bus stop was very touching. Kindness does have a way of enriching the life of the giver, doesn't it? My problem is making sure I keep my eyes open for opportunities to be kind instead of being wrapped up in what I'm trying to accomplish at the moment. Thanks for this great reminder. :)

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  3. Love love love this! My AtoZ theme was all about Random Acts of Kindness!
    Brandy from Brandy's Bustlings

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    1. Thanks Brandy for dropping by! God bless you too!

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