Stories of Kindness from Around the World

A Box of Smiles With A Letter

--by MakeSomeoneSmile, posted Mar 19, 2009

A few months ago I posted a story about a woman struggling with alcoholism who reached out to me. I sent her a care pack full of smiles, encouraging words and some treats to help her out, along with a special letter I wrote to her. It has been almost 3 months and she is still doing great. She sends me updates and I send her encouraging notes. But, as I have said before, you never know how much something you say or do means to someone else. What happened next reminds me of how true that is.

She read a story that another woman posted about being an alcoholic and how she needed to stop drinking, if only for her children. I read it too but she was quick to act. She e-mailed me and asked if I would put a "box of smiles" together for this woman and send it to her. You see, she wanted very much to pay it forward, bless her heart. I was honored by her request and said that I would but asked her to write the card. She agreed and sent it to me. I received it last night. Along with it was a poem she wrote for me and a letter that touched my heart more than I could have ever imagined. Something I did that I thought was no big deal has meant the world to this woman and changed her life. She told me she keeps the card I wrote with her at all times so that if she feels weak, she reads it and makes it through. Now she is paying it forward, touching even more lives.

You never know how much something you say or do can mean to someone else. Please seize the opportunity to be kind anytime you can. I have had the pleasure of being reminded of that in some very wonderful ways how much it matters. EVERYTHING matters.

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Readers Comments

bharnig wrote: Very inspiring. Thank you :)
happygnome1 wrote: Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story, and god bless you because you made such a difference.
allen wrote: Simply great
Jacob wrote: Very moving.
Kimber wrote: This was a very thoughtful thing you did,i am touched and inspired:)
lalit wrote: Inspirational act of kindness. Let good happen to all beings.
Shilpa wrote: Good to know that humanity is still alive. ! It gives an inspiration to keep going and keep doing good things. :)
sheila51 wrote: :) great story. Very touching. Thanks for sharing!
tash wrote: This touched me in so many ways! You are wonderful. You put a smile on my face and almost made me cry. Thank you!
akbj wrote: "paying it foward" in the best possible way. Thank you.

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