Stories of Kindness from Around the World

An Offered Basket

--by Loveta, posted Jun 29, 2006
While going through a time of great sorrow and grief over a loss, I left my apartment and went to the 99 cent store to pick up two things I needed. Although these were not important items, I needed to get out for a while.

Having picked up the two items, I wandered through the store in a state of depression or shock, picking up more and more stuff, filling my arms. I was juggling these items, not willing to walk to the front of the store for a cart, not really thinking I needed one.

I heard a voice in the distance, far removed from my frame of mind, saying, "Lady, Lady." I turned around to see this man holding out a basket to me in both hands. He said, "Lady, Lady, please stop suffering,” and he gave the basket to me for the burdens I was holding on to. All I could say was, "That was so sweet!”

Then the man was gone, and the other shoppers were frozen in time watching what went on. They added, "Yes, that was so sweet.” In an instant, that one act of kindness changed my heart and mind, and he was long gone without even my being able to say thank you. The moment came and went, and it changed my day.
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Readers Comments

Lorrine wrote: Just as someone touches our lives, we must touch others. The best way to say thank you is to spread the kindness around. It is important that we be a light so that others can see that the love of God still shines in this dark and dismal world.
Joy wrote: I guess he helped you to "stop suffering" and let go of your burdens for the day after all. :-)

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