When we traveled recently in New Zealand, I left a small pouch with some camera batteries and SD cards behind somewhere. They weren’t irreplaceable and the pictures on the SD cards had already been downloaded, so I didn’t worry overly much about their loss. Life goes on.
Then, the other day I got an email from Bob, a gentleman in New Zealand. He had found the pouch. And then he did some sleuthing, using the pics on the SD cards, to track down my email — which was on a document that was saved to the card. The items are now on their way back to me.
He didn’t have to do this. And although the lost items were neither priceless nor costly (at least not in consequential terms), I was deeply touched precisely because he didn’t have to take the time and effort to do this. But he did.
A simple act of kindness. It can touch us. It can reset our day and reset our perspective. We need more of these, I think, in our world today.
Thank you Bob, for caring and for reminding me to look around to find the simple acts of kindness that matter. They’re out there. We just need to take the time to recognize them and, I hope, match them, with acts of our own.
Even one conscious act of kindness a day. That’s not so much to ask for. And, like the One-A-Day vitamins they used to sell when I was a kid (and which a quick internet search tells me they still do), I’m willing to bet they will make us healthier — at least in our hearts and our minds.