Sometimes you come across a blog post that just sticks with you. When I find one of these, I typically star them in my email knowing I will want to revisit the post and possibly use it as fuel for a future post of my own.
One of my favorite bloggers is Sarah over at Running on Healthy. As a former competitive ice skater turned running/fitness coach and personal trainer, she has a unique perspective on all things athletic, especially related to running. As I often get behind in my blog emails, I have to clean house every so often and just delete the posts I know won’t really interest me – usually product reviews, kid-related stuff, and recipes. You know – because that would cause me to spend more than 15 minutes in a certain room in my house that I really don’t have much affection for. It’s all yours Lisa.
But it’s a very rare occurrence for me to delete any of Sarah’s posts. They may stack up for weeks, but when I finally get around to reading them, I’m glad I didn’t hit the delete button. One of these posts, Sometimes It Comes Around, was one of those posts. I find it kind of ironic timing that I went back to this particular gem at this particular time of the year. You know, when peace and good will toward men is at the forefront of everybody’s brain? Or so I hope. Because sometimes, it seems not so much.
Remember when the movie Pay It Forward came out, and everybody seemed to jump on the bandwagon? Why did it take a movie to make people start thinking about being nice to someone else – for no other reason that just to BE nice? Granted, we’re all human and we all have really crappy days. (You can just ask any of my accountabilibuddies about that one. We all had a pretty tough one last week.) But crappy days aside, is it really that hard to just be nice?
I’ve read so many blogs this year about people doing the most amazing, NICE things for complete strangers. One blogger – and I apologize that I don’t remember who, other than a fellow Disney Dork – decided that for her 30th birthday, she was going to do 30 random acts of kindness at Disney. Extra tips for cast members, drinks purchased for the next person in line, thank you cards for housekeepers, the list went on and on. Can you just imagine if everyone did that for their birthday? I think maybe, just maybe, the world would be a more beautiful place.
I know that probably sounds completely unrealistic and maybe it is. But when you see something happen, like Sarah did in her post, it makes you have just a little more faith in human kind. Remember Moon, the Pit Bull whose owner’s ex buttheaded boyfriend poured boiling water on? So many people called the animal hospital with donations, they had to actually ask people to stop calling as they had already raised more than was needed. (Thankfully, Moon was able to go home after about a week.)
It’s actions like this that prove people are generally good at heart. And no where is that more evident than among the running community. As many nasty runners may be out there, there’s twice as many great ones. The ones who tell you that you can make it to the finish line, the ones who stop to help pick you up when you fall, the ones who let you use the port-a-potty first, and the ones who wait until that last runner has crossed the finish line before they leave, just so they can cheer them to the finish. Small things to be sure, but to that struggling, hurt, or exhausted runner, they mean the world.
So as you head out on your daily trek to work, Christmas shopping, the gym, or anyplace where you may find people, take a moment and see if you can help someone out. That elderly lady with the walker may just appreciate the fact you held the door open for her, or the mom with the screaming baby will be eternally grateful that you helped carry her bags to her car. It’s the small simple things that don’t cost you a penny, yet mean so much. And you never know. One of these days, all those kind deeds may just come back around to you.
Enjoy the ride.
Have you ever been the recipient of a random act of kindness? Have you ever done something nice for a total stranger?