Have you ever been in a situation where you felt like you just needed a “win?” Like life has been handing you bad break after bad break and you just needed one thing to go your way?
We’ll I’m sure you have, and thats exactly the place I found myself this past weekend.
Let me back up.
I started to say it began on Friday, but honestly, it really started Thursday morning.
I received some news that I had been waiting on for a long time. I had been assured several times that I would be notified either way, but after several weeks had gone by with out any word, I couldn’t take it any longer and I reached out. It wasn’t more than 10 minutes till I received that dreaded email informing me that I had not gotten the job. Not only was I not picked, but I was not given the notice I was assured I would get, nor given any information as to the most important question.
Now I’ve had plenty of rejections in my life and a long time to develop my typical responses. But this time, this rejection, this one hurt. It was for a job I’d been trying to get for 3 years. And what began as a simple rejection unfortunately morphed into a turbulent spiral, ultimately ending in tears. A lot of tears.
Kindness entered the story.Then something awesome happened. Something unexpected.
Kindness, in the form of a friend’s affirmation and encouragement, came along and lifted my head, my heart, and my spirits, reminding me once again that I’m loved and everything is going to be ok.
Thats how I knew that unexpected kindness is the most potent healing medicine there is. And if you have lived long enough to experience a recession or two, or lived through a few dark nights of the soul, you can agree.
And that got me thinking, got me asking more questions.
How often do I offer unexpected kindness to the hurting around me?
I ask you that same question.
A surprising and shocking fact is that 1 in 5 families right now are forced to live on food stamps. They simply have no other choice. The wolf at the door is a constant reminder that they aren’t enough for one another. While many people are experiencing some growth and seem to be recovering from the difficulties of the past 5-6 years, most are not.
Which means, you may be sitting there reading this next to someone who could use a little unexpected kindness!
What do you think could happen if you made it a point, to each and every day offer just one bit of unexpected kindness to someone around you, someone in your community, someone on your street, or office?
How could that create a radical shift in your world?
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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