Human Kindness - Small Gesture, Huge Impact

Human Kindness #7: Small Gesture, Huge Impact

Welcome back to Human Kindness! If you haven’t already, please check out Human Kindness: Introduction for the background to this blog series! These stories are NOT all my own, they have been submitted to me for the purpose of this series and are a collection from some of the kindest people I know or who have contacted me to share their story.

I am ALWAYS on the lookout for kindness stories, so please do get in touch if you have one, there is a chance for you to submit yours at the end of this post (and I will always keep them anonymous). As always, if you’d like to receive these stories directly to your inbox every Monday morning, sign up to the mailing list at the end of this post.

I have received a few stories now where the sharer has held off on coming forward because they didn’t want to seem like they were bragging about something kind that they have done. But they report seeing my message at the end of every post about not having to feel as though they’re ‘bragging’ and I’m so glad that they end up sharing, because without them sharing we wouldn’t know that such beautiful people out there exist. Kindness should be CELEBRATED, in all forms, and remember, I keep all details confidential and posts anonymous, so nobody ever has to know you’re ‘bragging’. I am so grateful for this kind person sharing this week’s story because it really gave me a boost when I needed it most. Enjoy!

“My first full-time job out of uni was working in a hospital outpatients department. It was actually my last day working in that hospital and my boss had taken me off the rota that morning so I could try and say bye to colleagues dotted around the hospital. On my travels, I noticed a lady who was clearly lost so I stopped to see if I could help find where she needed to go.

We started to chat on the way and she told me she was 78, had suffered a minor stroke a week prior and had lost her husband 2 months before. She lived alone and relied on friends checking in on her. She would have been eligible for hospital transport (where they arrange for patients to be picked up and dropped off) but it had been missed on the hospital records and so it had not been arranged. It was before 9am so she couldn’t use her bus pass, and she didn’t have any change. She ended up having to get a taxi which cost her £20 for what was literally a 30-second appointment.

I felt so sorry for her that I told her I would like to pay for her taxi home. She refused for a good while, but when she realised I wasn’t taking no for an answer, she started to cry. Alarmed, I asked what the matter was and she said “it’s not often people are this kind. The world would be much nicer with more people like you”, which of course then set me off! This lovely lady nearly spent £40 in taxis for one single appointment and I know a lot of older people really have to stretch the money they have to make it last.

Whilst I technically couldn’t afford it (I was in my overdraft already!) it was nice to think that she could use the saved money on something else but still get home safely. I often look back at this time as a reminder that what seems like a small gesture to you really can have a huge impact upon someone else, and it really helps me put things into perspective from time to time.”

Have you experienced an act of kindness recently? Maybe you have done something for somebody that you haven’t yet shared for fear of being judged to be “bragging” or you have been on the receiving end of a kindness that somebody has shown you. My inbox is ALWAYS open for your kindness stories so please submit them!

Stories will be treated with discretion and published anonymously at all times, and I will share as much or as little information as you wish. Message me using the form below and I’ll be sure to feature your story in an upcoming post.

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