Christmas Miracles Vs. Every Day Kindness
What a whirlwind the past few weeks have been! I haven’t had much time to sit and write but tonight I received something that inspired me. It was a simple gesture that changed my whole day and can be added among my most treasured moments/items. Waiting for me in my rain-soaked mailbox was a package. I thought that maybe it was just another package for “John” and Sweet Pea but when I checked all over the envelope, I didn’t see their name anywhere. I looked at the senders’ address and I immediately recognized it as one of my fellow rescue crazies (aka animal rescue hero) and someone I consider to be a friend. Wondering got the best of me and I carefully opened the package to reveal a Christmas card and a little box. Inside the little box was a beautiful ornament that had a child and a dog. On the front of the box it said “Kindness Ornament” and “Above All, Kindness”. I don’t know why this touched me so much but it hit me like a 40 ton Mack truck! When I saw that ornament, I was moved to tears and my knees grew wobbly.
For the past few weeks I have heard over and over again that I am a hero, that I am an angel or that I made a Christmas miracle happen. Funny thing is, I am still the same person I was before. I am no hero, no angel and I didn’t make a Christmas miracle happen. What did I do? I acted on my human instinct of compassion, I cared about a situation and I took the steps to solve the problem. Was it my problem? No. Did I make it my problem? Yes. Why? Because someone has to.
There is something that touches each one of us. No matter how hardened we are to the world and how much we convince ourselves that there is nothing we care about, we are only kidding ourselves. “John” and Sweet Pea’s story wasn’t any different than anyone else who is reaching out for help, except for the part where people took steps to grab that hand and lift them up. And you know what? It only took one person to start the change, one person in the entire world just had to care enough to want to make a difference. The person that started all of this wasn’t me, it was my friend who had seen a post on Craigslist. She wanted to help, I wanted to help more and then other people wanted to help, too. Do you see how this works? It’s called pulling together. Not a Christmas miracle, not made by angels, not done by hero’s but instead, done by kindness. We all have it in us and we can all be a hero to someone or something. We can all take a stand and fight for something important to us. We just have to realize that it all starts with just one single person and one single act. We can change the world simply with kindness.
You are here for a purpose, you are important and you can change the world… even if it’s just for one person or animal. You mean something to me and to all of us. Have a little faith in yourself and you can make miracles happen.