Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Random Acts of Kindness

And Why I love Nelson...

While waiting in line at the grocery store today, I struck up a conversation with the person in front of me. Once she had paid, she grabbed her bags and left. The teller was in the midst of scanning my items when this person came back and handed me a bouquet of sunny daffodils just because. I am not quite sure how I touched her life, or if I even did, but her random act of kindness certainly touched mine. This has got me thinking how even a simple gesture, especially from a stranger can make one's day. Perhaps these small random acts of kindness won't have life altering effects of the same magnitude as in the movie "Pay it Forward," but this simple act certainly put a smile on my face. And isn't giving someone smiles and moments of happiness truly a precious gift?

13 comments:

The Fool said...

Isn't that what it's all about? And it's so nice to be on the receiving end now and again, isn't it? Good for you, Carla. Set the flowers in a vase and carry the feeling with pride.

Carla said...

Fool, it truly is what it's all about. Every once in awhile we need a little reminder that those are the things that really count. Now I'm off to do my good deeds for the day.

Cheryl said...

That's so nice, Carla. I'm glad you were on the receiving end of such a thoughtful gesture!

Steffi said...

Hello Carla!
Today I read at Cheryl´s blog that your birthday is today!"Happy birthday" to you!!

Have a nice day!
Steffi

Mustafa Şenalp said...

TRKEY/ KAYSERİ

JBelle said...

damn! wished I'd been there. You wudda had TWO bouquets....

have an amazing day.

Sara said...

What a sweet thing...thanks for sharing. It makes me more mindful of those around me and encourages me to try something like that too :)

Dan said...

Carla, what a wonderful story. And you, by telling it, just put a smile on my face.

See how joy can spread. Thanks for that! ;)

Carla said...

Cheryl, it certainly was nice to be on the receiving end. I'm still smiling.

Steffi, Thanks for stopping by and for your wishes.

JBelle, I hope you have an amazing day too.

Sara, I'm so glad you stopped by and I'm sure your mindfulness is leaving lots of smiles on strangers' faces.

Carla said...

Dan, I just missed your post as I was replying. It heartens me to see the joy spread. Thanks for letting me know.

Fede said...

Hi Carla, a very good episode. By the way, I put on top of my Netflix movie list your... PAY IT FORWARD. I have the sort of feeling that I have already seen it, or a similar subject one, but I'll go for it anyway.
Good night and good luck. Fede

Carla said...

Hi Fede, overall it's a similar concept to the "free hugs" campaign that you've been bringing attention to. It's the little things we do to make the world a better place. I hope you enjoy the flick.

sandi @ the whistlestop cafe said...

What a beautiful gesture. So have you paid it forward yet?