Instead of putting my family in my contact list on my phone under their first name, I have put them under special headings. My husband is his nick name, our daughter is “best girl ever” etc. It makes me smile when a call is coming in from them and their special name shows on my screen.
My camera and video camera were stolen while we were at a hockey tournament. I put them in a corner poolside while I watched the boys on the waterslide and when I returned, our camera and video camera were gone. Of course, I spent days trying to track down the person who took them. I offered a reward if they would just return the memory cards, etc. Luckily I had most of it backed up on the computer (which I now do more regularly!).
But what was especially interesting, were people’s responses when I told them what happened. It varied from “you just can’t trust anyone these days” to “well I guess someone needed that camera more than you did.” How would you respond?
We have the best veterinarian clinic for our cat Isabella. Everyone in the clinic is so kind. I was commenting to my veterinarian about how impressed I was with his employee Velda. She is truly one of the most positive employees I have ever met. The Vet laughed and said “the only challenge we have with Velda is getting the lipstick off the animals because she kisses them all as she brings them to the back.”
What a great way to be known! As the woman who leaves her “mark” of kindness.
I love the story of the man who gets on the bus and says to the driver, “What are the people in this city like?” The bus driver asks him, “What were the people in your last city like?” The man replies, “Rude, unreasonable and ungrateful”. The bus driver said, “Then I think you will find them the same here”.
The next person gets on the bus and asks the driver, “What are the people in this city like?” The bus driver asks, “What were the people in your last city like?” The person replies, “Warm, loving and kind.” The bus driver said, “I think you will find them the same here.”
I really do think it is all about how you view people. I look for kindness everywhere I go.