Kindness goes a long way…

I definitely don’t lead a normal life. These last couple of days have been totally crazy! But the most beautiful thing happened that I just had to share.

Last night, I hopped on a plane flying from Nashville to San Francisco. After many delays, almost missing my first flight due to new Visa rules and crying to the flight attendants in panic, I made it to San Francisco only to find out I missed my connecting flight to Sydney, Australia. My connector flight was switched for me, but I wasn’t offered any food vouchers or a place to stay overnight. I also wasn’t given my luggage so I only had my purse with me, as they had checked my carry on because there wasn’t enough room in the cabin for it.

Today when I woke up, I laughed at how many things went wrong last night. It was hilarious to me once I had something to eat, a shower and a good nights sleep. All day today I’ve wandered around a mall (actually walked over 8 miles. Thannnnk you FitBit), I bought some new clothes to wear, and had breakfast in the mall. I’ve been here since 11am and haven’t talked to one person, besides some family members that I called back home.

It’s now 5:15pm and I am resting on a bench outside Forever 21 minding my own business when a lady came and sat next to me. She looked over and asked “did you find everything you were looking for today?” With the sweetest smile. I laughed and explained why I was in sweat pants, had no make up on, my hair was a mess, no shopping bags and I was sitting by myself in a mall. She instantly offered to buy me a meal. She said “come on lets go! I’ll get you some dinner!” I refused her offer, because I just couldn’t let myself take dinner from this lady who barely knew me. But we ended up talking for about 20 minutes. She was the kindest woman. Her name was Dianne, we are both aquarians, her sons birthday is the same day as mine, and she worked in a correctional facility for over ten years before she was retired, (which my sister also works in a correctional facility). I gave her my card and she said she would email to make sure I made it to Sydney.

When she left my heart was literally filled with joy. You wouldn’t think that chatting with a stranger about your family and friends would be so touching, but it really reminded me that there are so, so many kind people in this world. She sat with me to help me pass the time, offered to feed me and then told me she would check on me to make sure I made it safely to Sydney! I know this is a bit of a sappy post, but with the way the world is today, I am SO happy I came across someone that just wants to reach out, cross barriers, take a chance and help out a complete stranger. I am beyond grateful to have met her.

It kind of made me want to go find more strangers and talk to everyone I walk by to make sure they’re all doing okay! Haha! Be kind everyone. It can turn someone’s day completely around.

Love always,