2007-12-18

The Kindness of Others

I've been concerned about having good karma for a number of years now. Not only do I want to be able to sleep at night, but I truly want to be as kind to other people as I possibly can. You could say it's partially a fear thing, in that if I'm a rotten bastard to people, then that's going to come back and bite off my ass. The other part is the pleasure in seeing or hearing someone be nice back to you, by offering thanks, a pat on the back, or what have you.

Well, yesterday, I had a bear of time getting out of my parking spot at home. I had to get the hubby out to get the damn car out. Which he did :-), and he even got it out of the alleyway.

Fortunately for me, I got my car out of the parking spot today.

Unfortunately for me, I hesitated going out onto the intersecting road at the end of the alleyway.

MISTAKE!

I slid on the ice, sideways. I went back and forth, back and forth - but the car just couldn't get enough grip.

A nice older man in a pink house within earshot of the car came out. He tried to push the car in the back - no dice. Then he put some ice melt under the back tires - no dice. Then, unbelievably, a nice young guy in a cap came along. They both tried pushing. Nope. Then Cap Guy dug out some huge chunks of snow from under the front tire. Pushing still didn't work.

Needless to say, I was a nervous wreck at this point, but I managed to keep calm, as I know if I became too emotional, my mind would be mush. The old guy came out with some big-ass pieces of cardboard, which both men lodged under the back tires.

They pushed, I gave it the gas...and voila!! The car, she is free! I thanked them profusely as I drove off.

I wish each of those nice gentlemen the very best Christmas (or whatever holiday they may celebrate), and a healthy life.

~Nancy Beck

2 comments:

April said...

Thanks Nancy for sharing that story. I love it when people are unselfishly kind! I love it! It really makes my entire day! I remember one time I went into Petco to buy a big metal crate for my big baby of a golden retriever who we're only now beginning to trust by himself for a few hours at a time. Anyhoo, this girl - she had to have been about 16 - helped me find the crate and helped me get it into the back of my truck, and all the while, she was so sweet and thoughtful. She wasn't one of those sales people who grumble and moan and frown when you ask them things or who don't laugh at the corny jokes I make in an effort to be friendly. She was just nice - and I was literally on a high for the rest of the day. It's amazing how one person can set your mood like that. So I try to do that for others. That's not to say that my smile will make the cashier at the grocery store enjoy the rest of his day, but I'm just sayin - it's like those commercials for something, I forget what it is, when one person does something nice that causes that person to do something...

I'm rambling. Merry Christmas, Nancy!

~Nancy said...

That's exactly what I'm talking about...unselfish people doing kind things. It's rare thing, unfortunately, in this day and age, which makes it doubly warm and fuzzy when someone does such a thing.

Merry Christmas! :-)