Friday, April 30, 2010

A act of kindness


"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." You've heard that quotation--it's the moral of Aesop's fable about the lion and the mouse. Don't ever doubt that it's true.

Earlier this week I was having one of those days. Not much sleep, too much caffeine? Check. Misunderstanding with spouse? Check. Dog had an accident in the house? Check. Child got sick? Check. One of those days.

Then, to top it all off, I got out my wallet to pay for a purchase and discovered that my driver's license was missing. On any other day, this would have been annoying. On a day like this, it felt like too much to bear.

Honestly, I wasn't sure when I was going to be able to go to the DMV and get another license. Luckily, I had a photocopy of my license, so I put that in my wallet and crossed my fingers.

And then yesterday there was an envelope in the mail. It was addressed to me, but the name in the return address was one I didn't recognize. "What on earth could this be?" I wondered.

You guessed it. It was my driver's license. No note, nothing else in the envelope. Just my license. Apparently a kind man found my license and simply copied the name and address from my license onto an envelope and popped it in the mail.

Little could that man have known how much I needed his act of kindness this week. He couldn't have known that, along with my license, he was sending me a sliver of sanity. A portion of peace. A serving of strength. He couldn't have known how much I needed it.

But God knew.

And once again I fall to my knees, grateful.

25 comments:

Always Nesting said...

That is just the sweetest, kindest gesture of simply returning a lost item. Bless that person!

Kenzie said...

Yeah for you! I once lost my wallet at Six Flags, cash, credit cards, license....we searched for 2 hours and couldn't find it. I cancelled all my cards and about 2 weeks later I got an envelope with my wallet in it. There was a sweet note from a lady saying her daughter had found it and she hoped everything was there. The cash was gone, but I had my identity back! Isn't it amazing what such a simple gesture means? I hope you have a great weekend!

Lynn said...

Bless both of these people for their wonderful Act of Kindness for both of you! Means ever so much, that's for sure!

Blessings,
~Lynn

Lorie said...

I love those tiny little graces that come just when we think we can't take anymore to remind us that we can!

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

How wonderful! Isn't it great when this happens!

Heidi said...

Beautiful. Small moments of grace - in a life that can get overwhelming at times - help keep me sane! There are good people all around us, isn't it wonderful when we are reminded of that?
XO
Heidi - Heart and Home

Nadir @ Hodgepodge said...

Amazing!!! What a great story!

Carmen said...

Hooray for kindness! God bless that man. God has a way of helping us out just when we think we can't take one more thing, doesn't he? :)

Mari said...

Awesome act of honesty and kindness. Thank God there are still good people out there.

Amanda @ Serenity Now said...

Simple things like this begin to restore my faith in humanity. :) I'm so glad that small act boosted your mood. You've had a rough time, and I hope your weekend is relaxing. Hugs to you!!!

Victoria@WhimsybyVictoria said...

That truly is a blessing and an act of kindness...still so many great people in this world. Heavenly Father always knows what we need...even when we don't. Thank goodness someone is watching over us. ;)

Hugs to you and wishes for a better week ahead!

Victoria

Lauren said...

That's one of those moments where you know God was in play the whole time. Well, I mean He is EVERY time, but you know what I mean. :)

Nancy said...

Amazing! He sure didn't have to do that. It would have been easy for him to think, "too bad for her" and do nothing. But for the minute it took to address the envelope and the price of a stamp, it made you one very grateful woman! So nice of him!

Nancy

Jessica Morris said...

:) Do you know, I popped over here to tell you, again, how much that leather candle you sent for me to try out for my hubby meant to us and here was a post about "random acts of kindness".
That candle you sent was so very, very sweet of you!!
I had intended to purchase some right away from the company but things of higher financial importance came up and he asked me not to buy them for him... so he STILL hasn't gotten them, but they're bookmarked for when we've got extra money for man candles :)

Southern Lady said...

What a sweet story. God uses simple acts like this every day. I am so glad you got it back. Carla

Sashindoubutsu said...

God bless the one who returned it! Glad to know there are people who care. That's an outstanding act of kindness.

Paula said...

What a relief for you. When something nice like this happens, it makes you realize that there are still nice, kind people on Earth.

tales from an oc cottage said...

How awesome!!

m ^..^

arkie said...

What a great thing to have happened! What a blessing!

Melissa Miller said...

Richella that is wonderful news! I'm just thrilled to hear when random acts of kindness happen to us all. ~Whew! *Smiles*

Sandy said...

Yes, so true. The little things we do to help others go a long way. That man was a very kind soul!

I've had many days liked you've described LOL! Sigh ...

Happy Sunday - it's May and I love May! :)

Manuela@TPOH said...

That was really nice of him to do that! I love it when things like this happen.

Manuela

Happy@Home said...

What a great ending to your not so great day. It is so true what you said about acts of kindness. Thankfully this kind man spared you a trip to the DMV. That is one place I dread having to visit :).
Speaking of visits, thanks so much for your recent visit to my blog. It was interesting to hear about your Tennessee, Michigan and NC connections. I was born and raised in Michigan, moved to NC 10 years ago and my parents retired from Michigan to Tennessee. We had a lot of nice family vacations to Tennessee.
Hope you will stop by again.

~Kim

Holly said...

Thank God that there are still people out there who do the right thing! What a blessing to you.

Dawn said...

ohhh... that is wonderful. i love the kindness of strangers. and i sure hope your days are going better!

(you had a photocopy of your license? wow...)

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