Kindness Starts With One®

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Do you have someone in your life who inspired you to be a better person? Did you witness an act of kindness that left an impression? Share your kindness story with the world.

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Encouraging Her Journey

Have you ever come across someone who really made you smile? Someone who you really resonated with? I experienced this today and just had to share with everyone as I really believe we need to highlight these things in life.

Today I ran into such a wonderful person in a fast food restaurant in Mississauga, Ontario. I was out for nothing more than a coffee run and this lady was truly incredible! Not only did she provide excellent customer service, but she made great conversation during my wait for the coffee, which is something you don't find often at fast food establishments. During our conversation, she mentioned how tough it is to support a family on a retail hourly salary. She said she really wants to go to school and follow her dream one day. She moved to Canada from India and is working hard to raise her family. As the sole income provider for her family, it is tough for her to work full-time, raise a family, and further her education. This topic clearly struck a chord with her and I could see the tears well up in her eyes. I looked her in the eye and told her that she could achieve her goals as long as she stays focused. I wished her luck and told her how great of a person she was before going on my way.

This conversation really resonated with me. I could only imagine what it's like to try to support an entire family, work for minimum wage, and still try to achieve your dreams in a country far away from home, while continuing to put on a smile. I decided to do something nice for this lady, no matter how small. I drove to the closest grocery store, took $20 from the ATM and purchased a blank UNICEF greeting card. I placed the $20 in the card and wrote, "I hope this helps on your journey." I continued with an uplifting message and encouraged her to follow her dream and thanked her for the excellent customer service! I sealed the envelope and proceeded back to the restaurant. I immediately flagged her down and she walked over to me. I told her how great my experience was and I hope that she follows her dreams. I handed her the sealed envelope and wished her luck. Her eyes welled up with tears. I walked away and only hoped that when she opens that card she smiles more than she ever has before.

Sometimes people just need to know that others exist and we are all going through this journey. The next time someone touches your heart, respond to the feeling with kindness.

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