As Kentucky took the involuntary arctic plunge today, I found my heart warmed by a number of acts of kindness:
- This morning, I learned of the unexpected death of my beloved ninety-five year old grandmother. I was at work when my mom called to break the news to me, and the kindness and sympathy from my colleagues and the kind messages and texts from my family and friends got me through the day until I could return home to my daughters, one who shares my grandmother’s first name and one who shares her middle name.
- When I arrived home, I was surprised and grateful that an anonymous neighbor braved the cold to put away my recycling bin and garbage can that had been set out this morning for pick up. It was something small that left a big impression on me. Thanks, neighbor!
- Jenny from KIND Healthy Snacks sent me an email saying that she sent me a yummy and healthy care package as a token of appreciation for committing to be kind. I really appreciated such an unexpected gesture and look forward to surprising another kind person with a sweet treat. Pay it forward!
- A group of women came to the day shelter for homeless men where I work this afternoon, bringing with them a delicious lunch that they prepared and served to our appreciative guests. Along with the food, they served up heaping helpings of smiles, kind words, and good cheer, which nourished their bodies, minds, and spirits. The gentlemen responded with grateful applause and words of thanks.
- In response to the cold temperatures of late, many kind people in the Louisville community have donated hats, gloves, socks, and other items to help our guests at the day shelter survive the frigid temperatures. For most of us, the cold is an inconvenience, but for the finest gentlemen in all of Louisville, it is a matter of life and death. Thanks to our amazing donors and supporters!
These deeds made today warmer, kinder, and gentler, and for that, I am immensely grateful.
Just one thing each day . . .