“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:31.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Heart warming Acts of Kindness

Two things happened yesterday that warmed my heart.
First,  I run a 1.5mile loop at a local park on my lunch.  About once a week there is a man on a big tractor mower who mows the grass along the path.  The mower kicks up all kinds of dust and debris into the air.  Normally, he doesn't pay attention to runners or walkers and keeps right on mowing and I just try not to breathe as I run by.  Yesterday, there was a new guy mowing.  I did three laps, and every time I was about 50 feet from the mower he stopped and waited until I was well past him before he started mowing again.  I though it was a nice gesture. Hubby thinks the guy just wanted to watch me run by. Could be. I really don't care. In my head, he was being nice and didn't want to kick up a bunch of grass in my face!

Second, last night was running group.  Before the group run one of the other coaches Linda came up to me and handed me the book "Run Like A Mother"!! I was shocked!  She said she had thought of me when she saw it and thought I would like to read it before I started training for my first marathon.  What a sweetie!  I only met Linda 4 weeks ago and have only talked to her briefly on Monday nights before the group runs.  If I wasn't so emotionally stunted I probably would have teared up.  What a kind thing to do.  It always feels good to know someone is thinking of you.  I have never even told her that I want to read that book or that it was at the top of my "To Read" list.

So yesterday made me think of what I could do to make the people in my life feel special.  Random acts of kindness go a long way to making someone's day so much brighter.

I want to know if you have been treated by a random act of kindness lately.  Or have you treated someone to a random act of kindness? Tell me about it.

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Grace and peace,
 

11 comments:

Courtney said...

That is really awesome! How sweet of both of them. I know when I was on walmart on friday, I told the cashier to have a wonderful Easter and she seemed very shocked that I took the time to be kind. I think it is important to do random acts of kindness even if it is just stopping and saying hello!

H Love said...

very cool!

RockStarTri said...

I love hearing about random acts that show the forces of good are still out there battling.

ajh said...

Good stories!

Erica said...

I am a giant fan of RAOK they just feel good for everyone involved!

Allison aka Scooty's Mom said...

What wonderful gestures. It so nice to come in contact with people that are truly kind.

Christina said...

I do RAK's at work and hope it always gives them a boost. I started it when I couldn't run and needed to shift the attention from myself to doing something for others.

Lisa said...

awwwwww. Random acts of kindness really make me smile. :-)

Judi said...

Hello! Just came across your blog! Enjoyed your post on kindness today. What a sweet thing for someone to get you that book. It makes me want to do that for someone!

It is a rough world out there and what we need is a little more kindness!

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Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Hey did you know that the "Melanie" quoted in 4 spots is me?? Hmmmm!!

I love Random Acts of kindness, I need to do some that has been missing lately..

Jill said...

Enjoy the book, it's awesome. The authors are my friends and I'm in the book also. Look for "Jill" quotes and also I'm listed in there as a running coach: "Jill Andre Parker" under the progressions section. Just in case you needed a little Jill-fix. Haha. Enjoy your day, April! :)

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