Every so often, you can find a gem on social media – the perfect meme, the cutest dog, the funniest caption. I found a gem from Nicole Cliffe, who posed a simple question yielding beautiful results: “What is the kindest thing a stranger has done or said to you?”
The replies were worth losing sleep over – from a 3 year old being gifted a piece of art at an auction to stories of comfort & kindness after the 2016 election.
One man shared that, when he worked at an LGBT bookstore, a young man called in and said he was contemplating self-harm. He stayed on the phone to handle the situation, and instead of customers getting angry they instead formed a line to take turns speaking to the young man on the phone, talking him away from whatever he was planning.
In another post, a woman shared that she was traveling home for Christmas with her year-old baby while her husband was deployed. “I was tired and depressed and a mess,” she wrote, “The flights got delayed due to snow, then cancelled.” She got to know the other passengers who were waiting at the gate for the next flight and one was in the army as well, returning from deployment to visit his daughter. Names were called to board the next flight, her heart sank when she realized she wouldn’t get a seat. But then:
In another post, a Syrian man shared his story of how one soldier saved his life but was gone too soon:
And in another, a woman shared how local strangers helped keep her and her unborn baby warm & safe:
And in another, a young boy who had just lost his father is supported in a 10k:
I wish I could highlight how each and every story is remarkable in its own way, but that would take an unpredictable amount of time. Instead, I highly recommend checking out this thread on your own – when overwhelmed by saddening headlines or just need reminders of kindness after a rough day.