Have you ever experienced one of those days were everything you can possibly imagine goes wrong – but then a random stranger passing by you in the streets compliments your beauty, or your outfit, or even just simply flashes you a quick smile, and it makes you feel a little bit better?
Whenever a situation like that happens to me, I wish I could run back, tap that stranger on the shoulder and thank them and maybe even explain to them how their simple act of kindness actually ended up making my day. A random act of kindness doesn’t just refer to smiling or complimenting a stranger. In my opinion, a random acts of kindness can be defined by doing something kind without the expectation to receive anything back. Last week, I woke up to an unexpected email from a stranger and it completely made my morning – and for that very reason, I decided to share part of it on my blog:
Hi Alivia, I found your blog by doing a google search on Fulrath Cavaliers. We have one of Jan’s puppies, she is Cooper’s sister and her name is Emma. I was drawn to contact you, I can’t say I know why, except for the fact that I feel you love your Cooper like I love my Emma. I would also love to share photos, stories and developments as they age if that’s something that interests you. I have also enjoyed reading some of your blogs, I would call you an “old soul” as you have great insight!
Anyone who knows me well knows how much I love my puppy – I mean I even dedicated a whole entire post to him a couple months ago! So, I think that is pretty self-explanatory as to why this particular email from a stranger made my morning. Also, I have always wondered where Cooper’s siblings ended up, what they look like and what their similar characteristics are. There was never a thought in my mind that I would find this out, unless I asked the breeder for that information, which could come across a little spontaneous and odd.. so I didn’t think to do it. I also never expected that the owner of one of Cooper’s sisters would find me and Cooper through my blog – what are the chances! Ever since I received that email, Emma’s owner and I have been sending emails back in forth exchanging photos, characteristics and stories for each other and it’s been so interesting to me. Seeing photos of Emma and how much she resembles Cooper literally warms my heart.
Her random act of kindness not only put me in a good mood, but inspired me to try and radiate my mood onto others. I remember smiling to people in passing on the way to work in hopes that maybe it would turn someone morning around. I found myself wondering about one woman who didn’t smile back – maybe she was in the midsts of a bitter divorce, or grieving the loss of a friend. Or maybe she was just too lost in her own thoughts that she didn’t even notice me, which is something I am super guilty of myself. I stopped myself from being so quick as to label her as a miserable person and instead, recognized that she had her own story, her own life and her own experiences and maybe one day in the future I will be in her shoes, deep in thought, stress or simply not in the mood to return a smile. I guess the point I am trying to make is, if you feel like doing something random out of the kindness of your heart, don’t expect anything in return and let the fact that you took the time to do that be enough for you.
So go ahead and go smile at a stranger today, or tell someone that you love how much you love them. Just do it. Do something kind and leave it at that.