Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Just a Routine Grocery Trip


--by myturn, posted Mar 19, 2007

Yesterday evening while at the grocery store I was approached by a young woman. She had the most sincere smile I can remember ever seeing and for some reason she was smiling at me.

I looked behind me just to make sure and yes I was the only other person in the aisle.  As she got close enough,  she said "I was sent to make sure you know God loves you."

I can't lie here.  My first thought was -- 'Oh boy, here comes the pamphlets and preaching'.  But instead she just gave me that amazing smile and said, "Have a blessed night"

That was it.  And she walked away.

I was upset with myself  for automatically assuming the worst "cult" senerio. I didn't even say anything to her. Except a much too late and clumsy ' Ahh.  Thanks'. 

I have been thinking all day what I should have said. I logged on and saw "Because Kindness Is Contagious!"  Thats when I realized it didn't matter what I said if anything as long as I allowed that interaction to change me for the better.

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Readers Comments

MJ wrote: I do believe you meet a messenger just for you, how wonderful you should feel. It makes all of us stop and take a moment and listen.
auntydot wrote: Sounds to me like you meet you angel, myturn.I bet you will keep that smile with you for a long time
MakeSomeoneSmile wrote: In this world today it is alright that you thought the worst initially. Now what you have learned from it will stay with you for a long time and make a difference in the future!
afriendlysmile wrote: Hi myturn

Shows that a friendly smile can make a big impression, even on a stranger.

Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love,a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
Mother Teresa.

afriendlysmile :)
sonshine wrote: myturn, thank you for sharing the "blessing" you received. The person doing this sounded like a real sweetheart! I'm sure you will 'pass it on' too. :-)
asdf wrote: I'm smiling now! thanks for passing it on to me and so many others through helpothers! it's so true about smiles being contagious!

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