Kindness Noticed

December 18, 2017

I walked 1.5 miles between my hosts’ house and my grandson’s house.

Besides allowing myself to feel all my feelings while walking past my former family home, I noticed kindness bestowed by people I don’t know.

  • A driver stopped, waited, then backed up. A woman popped her head out saying, “Oh sorry! I thought you were a kid.” And drove on. “I am a kid at heart!” I spontaneously  replied.  
  • A man with a dog pulled off the sidewalk and waited while I passed. I felt honored, first assumi g that I would be the one who yielded. “Thank you!” I said. His dog jumped up and was held back. “Whew! Thank you twice!”
  •  A driver waited a car length back from a stop sign as I crossed in front. I waved my thanks before and after I passed.

I realized that I could have noticed equal numbers of people ignoring me, or showing unkindness. Actually, on this walk no one offered me anything that appeared unkind. 

I especially enjoyed being mistaken for a kid, as I regularly encourage visitors at my visitor center programs to be as a child in the desert, full of wonder and curiosity. I guess I radiate that even walking through the wooded neighborhood in Georgia! 

And I  really appreciate the responsible dog owner volunteering to hold back his dog! 

Today I notice kindness.

Posted in Journey to YOUR HeartLand.

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