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.
This week’s story is a little different, and whilst it doesn’t completely fit into the category of an act of kindness, it is still a beautiful example of the effect you could have on somebody’s day. And it is also evidence of how truly WONDERFUL dogs are!!!
“My car broke down on the morning that I had to take my dog to an appointment at the vets. I was really angry about it and for various reasons, the vet visit had to be that day, it was the only time they could get my dog in.
The only option I had was to walk my dog to the vet appointment, which would be a 2-hour round trip, and in order to make the appointment, I would need to leave imminently. I begrudgingly prepared for the long walk ahead and was frustrated at how I had too much to do that day and didn’t have time for this inconvenience.
As I walked I started to try and reframe my mindset, focusing on the benefits of walking, that I wouldn’t have to walk my dog again later, that at least I can walk to the vets and didn’t have to cancel, that sort of thing. I was still a bit annoyed but I just told myself to stop moaning and deal with it.
About halfway to the vets, I come into contact with a woman in a bus stop, who I had seen watching me as I walked towards her. As I inched closer to her she immediately went to fuss my dog, who was more than overjoyed with the attention and started licking her and nuzzling into her. Thrilled with the attention, my affectionate dog started licking her face at which point I was mortified and apologised, pulling my dog back. The woman looked like she was in her element, clearly didn’t mind and crouched down to my dog’s level happily welcoming and receiving all the sloppy kisses. After lots of strokes and fuss and kisses, the lady stood up looking completely different to how she was when I first saw her, she looked rejuvenated and happy. She looked at me and said “thank you so much, this was really kind and I really, really needed this today”.
I was completely blown away because a) it wasn’t kind – I was just letting her stroke my dog who received equal benefit from the encounter and b) because I wondered what was going on in that woman’s life to make her so visibly energised by a little doggy kiss and cuddle.
I realised that if I hadn’t been forced to walk to the vet, she may not have had this encounter which, for whatever reason, she clearly needed. It made me think about the wonders of the universe, the whole concept of the butterfly effect, and how maybe what was ultimately just a minor inconvenience for me, had a huge positive impact and brightened up that lady’s day. Maybe I was supposed to walk that way at that exact moment on that day, so that my dog could give that woman some respite from whatever she was going through in her life.
It made me feel quite humbled and it really put things into perspective for me and snapped me out of my mood. I hope that woman is OK wherever she is now!”
***PLEASE NOTE – it seems there are some issues with the below form and stories not being submitted. For some reason you have to go through the process TWICE, you will receive a confirmation when your message has been sent. If you still can’t submit your story, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org***
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.