Stories from My Past: Surprise people with kindness

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Often we have opportunities for kindness each day, we just have to follow through.

Once I was working at a place and a pregnant woman was standing in the hall. She was talking with coworkers and I went past her a few times working on different issues. Finally, it occurred to me that she had been standing in the hall awhile, and I noticed the last time I passed her that she was pressing on her back and leaning against the wall due to the weight.

pregnancy doctor comic
pregnancy doctor comic

So clearly she needed to relax her back. I took a chair from my office and wheeled it out into the hall so she could sit down. She and the group of women were so touched by what I did they all thanked me. I said you are welcome and moved on to continue with my job.

Later that day I saw that woman again and she thanked me again. I said it is our responsibility to be kind and help others and she said that she wished more people felt that way. I would want any woman that I cared about who was pregnant to be helped and make the process of pregnancy easier.

I was thinking that perhaps she needed a footstool as well and so I went down and asked the department that handles that. The department person said that they thought they brought her a footstool but she would double-check that she received it. So perhaps I helped her twice and she didn’t realize it.

It is not important that you get credit for helping people, but it is enough to know that I find ways to be helpful and useful to people. One of the nicest things is to give a gift and be anonymous. Then you can see the surprise and delight that the person has when they receive the gift.

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