A couple of days ago my 16 year old daughter (a cynic in the making) commented how sad it was that we keep hearing about the greed and cruelty of others....that the kind acts of others are so often overlooked.
It does seem that kind acts can seem seldom and rare treasures. Maybe we aren't watching hard enough? or maybe it's just where we live?
Just over 3 years ago we chose to pull up roots and move from Southern California outside Long Beach to just outside Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to the move, I had lost my cell phone. A stranger found it. When I called the number, a stranger's voice asked me how much would I be willing to pay to have the phone returned to me.
Outraged, my husband immediately had the phone disconnected and a replacement phone was purchased.
I can't say that everyone in the area is mean and greedy. My daughter, 5 years old at the time, was seen choking on a coin she'd popped in her mouth, by the school janitor. He performed the Heimlich and saved her...he is our personal hero!! There is no way we can ever thank him enough!!
Fast forward about 8 years? and 700 plus miles; my husband dropped his phone assigned to him by his employer. He has no idea that he'd lost it. My phone rings, it is a stranger asking if I know someone who had lost a Blackberry. The stranger found the phone and called the last number dialed (mine). We were still in the car from where it had been dropped and met the man to retrieve the phone.
About 18 months later, my daughter loses her phone at an outdoor concert. We just just upgraded to the new phone and my husband had also placed a sticker on the back to . "please call...if found". The next morning a lady called. We were very grateful and amazed that the phone, now number 2 had been returned.
Okay, now forward to today....on Monday, I took the day off from work to spend with my daughter before she returned to school. Last night I realized something was missing from my purse. It was a small picture portfolio. Instead of pictures, I have gas credit cards and savings account information. In this instance, I also had placed a debit card in it. I was incredibly panicked. A list was created to retrace my steps both from Monday and the places I'd been since I last used the portfolio.
The first call was made to the fast food restaurant we went to. The portfolio had been found!! They were holding it for me!! I picked it up this morning shortly after they opened!!! I did not have to cancel my cards and notify my bank!
I am truly amazed of all the acts of honesty and kindness we have been met with over the last 3 years....and I try to pay it forward.
I'd really love to hear about any acts of goodness that you have encountered.
Have a happy Wednesday!!