Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Random Acts of Kindess & Other Things

I just have to share a wonderful story with you about a simple random of act kindness that was bestowed upon me last week.

I can’t stop thinking about it as it is something that has never happened to me before and it was just the perfect thing I needed to remind me that even in these troubled economic times, there are still people out there in the world whose generosity goes above and beyond what most of us think of as “normal” and who can still find joy in doing something kind for a perfect stranger.

My story starts when I decided to go the through the drive-thru of one of our local coffee shops last Friday morning to pick up one of my favorite specialty coffee drinks and a scone for breakfast on my way over to visit my Mom.. The specialty coffee drink I get is not one of the cheapest and my total bill for the items I purchased was around $6.00. As I drove up to the window to pay for my order, the girl working at the window totally surprised me by telling me that I did not have to pay for my order as the person in the vehicle that had just gone through the drive-thru before me had also paid for my order in addition to theirs.

I can’t even describe how shocked I was and I’m sure I had a pretty odd look on my face, but after I realized what that kind person had done, I started smiling and I found myself in much better mood than I had been before that happened. I still find myself smiling each time I think about it. Isn’t it funny how such a simple random act of kindness can totally change the way we view the world around us?

I realize now that it’s my turn to “Pay it Forward” as Oprah would say and continue to spread the generosity and good cheer by bestowing a random act of kindness on someone else. I’m not sure when or where it will happen, but I do know that it will and that I will leave a total stranger feeling as happy as I was the day it happened to me. I think this is something that all of us should start doing on a regular basis. The world would be a much happier place if we did.

Now for one other quick thing, I just wanted to share a photo of something I have had for several years that while is perfect for displaying as an Easter decoration, is just too cute to tuck away after the holiday is over, so I keep this displayed all year found on one of my end tables in my living room.

It is a sweet little bunny whose bottom half is shaped someone like a ball and is made from a vintage (or maybe new…) handkerchief. Isn’t this just the cutest thing??
Hope you are all having a great week. I’ll be back soon…

15 comments:

Melinda said...

It is adorable Kim!! Nice post. I would have been pretty shocked as well, and very touched. A sweet story!

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Your bunny is so cute, I can see why you don't want to put her away. I love bunnies! That's a nice story about the coffee too. I'm so glad someone did something special for you, fun to hear there are kind people in the world!
Valerie

Marilyn said...

What a wonderful kind act to make your day bright. It made me feel good just hearing about it!
When I first saw your Bunny I thought that egg looked like a vintage hankie!
Have a wonderful day!!
Love,
Marilyn
xxoo

Pink Slippers said...

What a great story.
Wendy

Barb said...

What a lovely story..I am enjoying looking at your blog. I especially like your collection of crocheted potholders. I am practicing my crochet and I am trying to copy a potholder my grandmother made me many years ago. I wish I had some of the patterns for your lovely potholders!

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

I have heard of people doing this before...how wonderful that it happened to you! Maybe I will try it myself tomorrow...(*_*) ~Stacy~

Holly said...

What a happy story, Kim! I can imagine what a blessing that must have been! ♥

Stephenie said...

Just love your bunny..What a great story, I don't think I've ever heard anything quite like that before..I would have been shocked also...
Hope all is well..
Stephenie

A Stitch In Thyme said...

I blogged about needing to purchase another bible as during a move mine that had owned for years had somehow become lost. I had never replaced it and felt with my first home I should have a bible at hand at all times. A fellow blogger decided to email me and offered to purchase a bible for me. I was so overwhelmed by that act of kindness. It's amazing how it effects you all day isn't it. It carries over too, every time you think on it, you smile.

Wonderful story to share. You will think on it every time you go for coffee!

maryboys said...

what a wonderful story - and i have a feeling it couldn't have happened to a kinder person:) if you want to join a blog "pif" - stop over and be my "3rd comment" on the pif post! (it looks like there are already 3, but really there are only 2)...love your beautiful things, kim!

rosechicfriends said...

What an awesome thing to have had happen. It does restore your faith in the kindness of others huh? Thanks for sharing that..its a good reminder that I need to do something for something w/o expecting anything!

Blessings...Lorena

rosechicfriends said...

Oppps..I forgot to tell you that that bunny is adorable made from a sweet hankie..I'd be keeping it out as well!

Lorena

Queenie's Vintage Finds and Treasures said...

That is the sweetest thing that happened to you in the drive thru...it brought tears to my eyes when I read it...a random act of kindness is what every person needs...I'm glad you shared this....and the bunny is precious...what a cute little face!
Big Hug

Mimi said...

I've had that happen to me...a toll on a bridge. Doesn't it just warm you up? If you'd like to participate in a "pay it forward" blog event, take a peek at my blog. The notice is a couple of days ago but easy to find. It's a lot of fun!

Neabear said...

Isn't is cool to be the recipient of a Random Act of Kindness? I don't think that has really happened to me yet. But maybe someday. Your bunny is so cute! Of course you have to leave it out all year.