Monday, March 1, 2010

The Kindness of Strangers...

There are some days where the actions of one person can either ruin, or make your day. Today was one of them.

I was out today in our local Mall, heading single-mindedly to the supermarket do my food shopping when a woman about my age came up to me out of the blue and asked me if I was alright. I said "Yes, thank you... Why do you ask?". She amazed me by saying, "You just looked kind of down, and like you could use a friend," she went on to add, "Please excuse me if I am being nosey, I just wondered if you were ok."

The genuine look on her face, paired with her obvious concern hit me, and I found myself tearing up.

While I was apologising and blubbering away, she gently led me to a private corner in the nearest coffee shop, ordered coffee for two, and invited me to, "Get it off my chest".

We talked for what seemed like ages. I found myself telling her everything that has been on my mind. From my bad days lately with my BPD, to my car playing up, feeling like a bad Mum, and even the fact that I only had $100 to buy groceries for four people for the week, not including luxuries like; toilet paper, tampons and toothpaste (or the three T's).

She was a great listener, she just sat and let me talk. She didn't offer advice, didn't try to one-up me, or tell me how she or others had it worse, and that I should be grateful.

She just... listened.

When I had finally petered out, she got up and said she hoped I was feeling a bit better, and thanked me for spending some time with her. Then she left.

After settling myself down, I went to pay for my coffee, and I was told that 'my friend' had already paid.

That's when I realised, I didn't even know her name.

So I would just like to say:

To the unknown woman who showed the most amazing compassion to a total stranger. Thank you. One day I will repay your kindness to someone else who needs it.


  1. Don't you really appreciate those days when it seems like it's not going to get better, and it does?

  2. That is so cool! I hope you ARE feeling better now!

  3. it just shows that there are angels among us.

  4. That's really lovely. I'm glad to see there are still some good people in the world. Hope you're feeling better.

  5. wow.. that is amazing. What a kind person. I am sure there are days that a lot of us would appreciate being noticed and asked how we are doing.

    Saw your comment on Brea's Blog today and stopped by.

    Glad Tomika got her bag back.


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