Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Out of My Comfort Zone and Into Kindess.


--by brindlegirl, posted Mar 28, 2016
It's so nice to be able to help another. Even when at times it is a bit of a pain in the b*m.

I found myself over the weekend saying an automatic big "yes" when asked a favor. It was a huge kindness for someone, so naturally, automatically, I said I'd do it.

I later walked away almost regretting it because of the 'effort' it would take me. That's when I realized. I only do the kindnesses "I" want to. That I enjoy. That are fun. And are simple.

But what about bigger ones? Ones that are inconvenient?

Those ones are much harder to do. Yet I accepted as I put myself in this women's shoes and thought how much I would appreciate someone doing this for me. Thinking about it this way made it much easier to accept and do.

The favor?

It's a bit detailed to explain but to sum up briefly. There is a lady who I see every weekend at work. She is a lovely lady with two sons my boys age. I have gotten to know her and her 'story' quite well over the past few months. I always offer a listening ear and some serious compassion, as we talk whilst I whip up her two extra hot small cappuccinos.

Her 'story' involves her two sons, their father, her custody battle, and everything in between. Claims have been made against this sweet young lady that simply cannot be true. And as a witness to her and her sons she asked me to write a little something to her solicitors about what I have experienced in my dealings with her and her children. 

As you can see. Something I don't normally step into. But I did. I sat down and wrote a letter outlining what I have encountered in witnessing these boys every weekend and gave my contact details if they require further information.

This was not fun.

This was not something I necessarily enjoyed doing, but knew how much doing something like this would mean

I honor that woman for asking as I know that I would never have the confidence in asking such a thing, from fear of a "no", or someone feeling pressured to say yes.

This woman held none of that fear because she was a mother, a mother who so desperately loves her sons. A mother like me. And I would want someone to reach out and help me in any way they could if I had asked 💖


 
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melnotes wrote: You amaze me with your love and kindness :)
mindyjourney wrote: thank you for stepping outside your comfort zone and helping with request for letter. as we grow in our kindness, it is natural that we will be asked to do things that "stretch" us :)). well done, my friend! big (((hugs)) to you and your friend.
savraj wrote: So kind of you to do a kindness that was challenging to complete. Very courageous and kind of you!
Mish wrote: Yours is a kind & beauty-full heart. 💕
shane1 wrote: I guess you're like me. Sometimes you'll go out to help, but you just get lazy to put in the effort unless you get a shove from your conscience. Sometimes it is good to be shoved. And the result is generally worth it. Even if no one shows gratefulness it doesn't matter, cos it feels good inside to have done the right thing.
leoladyc728 wrote: It is sometimes hard to go out of our comfort zone, but you did a great job in trying to help this woman.
terre wrote: Thank you so much for being willing and writing that letter for the woman. I have a friend who has been in an ugly custody battle with her almost-ex-husband. I wrote a letter of support for her and also said I would be willing to testify if she needed me to do that. The ex is saying some really blatant lies and hiding/denying any faults that are his during this time and it has been very hard on my friend. So I know what you did is really wonderful for her.
splain wrote: Brindlegirl this is a wonderful post. It is hard to go that one big step further and do what you did for her. A lot of times it is hard to do an act of kindness because it requires you really to step out of your comfort zone. And you did. this was so wonderful that you could help her.

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