Faith renewed by a stranger's kindness
--by gilbert100, posted Dec 17, 2015
You see, I work in the field of mental health and substance abuse and often speak at different venues. He said that at one such venue, I had given a speech about the power of gratitude and that it had changed his life. He said we had even talked for awhile after my speech and that my words had made him re-evaluate everything in his life. He continued by sharing that he started appreciating the things he had, stopped feeling sorry for himself and had become pro-active in his life and for others.
He expressed that he had made amends to those he had hurt and opened his eyes to all who had always showed him kindness, mercy and love. He then hugged me again very tightly and with tears in his eyes said that I had changed his life and he'd be forever grateful. We exchanged numbers and information and then he was gone-vowing to stay in touch with me. I did not remember this man but I will definitely call him.
I tell this story because when talking about kindness, it often happens from complete strangers who kindly and freely validate our very existence with just a few words when they are only saying thank you. It is my belief that we as human beings are obligated to help and encourage each other and the more we do it, we create new threads in life that bind us all.
His kind and uplifting words to me re-invigorated me. You see, I had just come from seeing a friend I had mentored who had relapsed and it had saddened me.to see him suffering and feeling hopeless. To then see another one who had risen and was stronger and happy. I believe a higher power in kindness and love sent him my way to take away the sadness and replace it with conviction, optimism, belief and faith... and it did!!!
We never know if they will grow.
But we do sow and let then go, rightly so!