If you think you’re having a bad week, I invite you to picture this scenario:
You get a phone call at lunch, urging you to come home immediately – there has been a fire. You arrive at the scene to learn that your apartment is in fact, gone. All your belongings, gone. Your pets, gone. Everything, gone.
This is the nightmare that one of my mom’s favourite colleagues was faced with earlier this week. Upon learning this news, she pooled together with her secretary to send him a Walmart giftcard – a token to show their support and to hopefully help him begin the process of reacquiring what he had lost.
A seemingly small gesture in the face of such tragic events, but the response back she received just reinforces how important even the smallest of acts can be to someone:
I can’t believe what just arrived at my desk. This is so unexpected that the caring and generosity behind it is overwhelming, and I cannot thank you enough. This is one of the nicest things I’ve ever been given, and I couldn’t wait to share it with my girlfriend.
We keep saying that the best thing we can take away from this is to try and make sure that last week stays the worst week of our lives, because we made it through that, and all the possibilities of life still stretch in front of us. This will be one of the moments that mark the beginning of our next chapter together, and it couldn’t be more perfect.
I’m going to babble endlessly if I don’t wrap this up, but I won’t forget the morning this landed on my desk. I’ve been struggling to put to words how much it meant to receive this, and I can only hope this message begins to convey that.
P.S. I totally teared up reading his response.
P.P.S. My mother is a gem.
P.P.P.S. This man also sounds like a gem.
Total Kindness Cost: $100