The Kindness of Strangers

Smile at a stranger, and you just might change a life :)
Smile at a stranger, and you just might change a life 🙂

Today’s post is inspired by a lovely lady whose name I don’t know. A  couple of weeks ago I was in a car accident. It really shook me. I wasn’t hurt physically, but it left me feeling deeply upset and unsettled. I got into work a half hour late. I explained to my supervisor what happened, and to my horror, I just started crying. Sometimes life is just too much, everything seems to come at you all at once, and you just kind of loose it. Something happens that just tips you over the edge.

My supervisor walked me to the ladies room to wash my face and catch my breath. It was there that somebody I never met before said a few kind words to me, and even gave me a hug. Maybe that might not seem like a huge deal, but at that moment, she was my angel. She told me the words I needed to hear so desperately. Here was a stranger who offered me more kindness in those few minutes, than someone I have known for years. She is someone I am pretty sure I will never forget for as long as I live. I doubt I’ll ever see her again, but I know I will remember her and how she made me feel.

Recently another stranger and I reached out to each other on First Wive’s World. We are both going through the pain of divorce and we constantly check in on each other and share our feelings throughout the day via text. It is so lovely. It was like we saw ourselves in each other and offered our hand, even though we had so little to give.  It makes me feel just a teeny bit less alone to know that I have a friend who is walking down the same path as me. It’s like a tiny little light in the darkness.

Isn’t it interesting that we all start out as strangers? Isn’t it amazing that there are people out there who we have yet to meet that will change the course of our life? And best of all, aren’t the possibilities full of hope and promise? When things are really bad, I sometimes need to remind myself that today might be the day that my world changes. Yes, there are some scary people out there, but mostly, I think there world is full of some really kind and  wonderful people. I like to wake up and think that today I might meet that stranger that changes my life.

7 Comments

  1. ——-Caroline,
    I know! I KNOW!
    It’s amaaaaaaaazing the “Strangers” who come out of the woodwork to love you, hug you, connect w/ you
    The people who reached out to me when Kay was murdered are angels. I will
    never forget who was there at my darkest hours. NEVER ever.
    Sending you love, kisses, hugs, and understanding from MN. XXxxxOOOOOO

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  2. I’m finally making my way through your blog. I feel this way about the woman who saved my life in the snorkeling accident two years ago. Unreal how she came out of nowhere. We only spoke a few sentences to each other, and yet, I will never forget her. When I told my mother the story, she cried and said she wished she could thank my guardian angel. ❤

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