Space in our Hearts for a Past Kindness Extended to Us
I heard about Ann Curry’s new program “We’ll Meet Again,” a television show that connects two people separated by an event or a situation and who are reunited. In the trailer I saw, one lady wanted to meet a childhood friend to thank her for being kind to her when she was in a new situation and other children were mean to her. When the two ladies met, the one who extended the kindness had no recollection of her protecting the other girl, yet it had made such an impression that fifty years later, she wanted to say thank you.
I think many of us can recall some kindness that helped us through a rough spot or even redirected our life. For me it was a high school teacher who challenged me about my behavior, which had gotten a bit out of hand. I had joined others in my crowd by going out drinking. Mrs. M pulled me aside and let me know in no uncertain terms that I was compromising myself. Boom! She was right. That very week I changed my path.
Mrs. M died years ago and I never told her how much her little chat had meant to me. Perhaps this Valentine’s Day I will think of someone else who was particularly kind to me in a rough spot and will write a thank-you letter. Yes, that might be a fun way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!