If you aren't a "fan" of Modest Needs of Facebook, I'm about to show you what you are missing out on. Recently I asked our lively Modest Needs community members to share "a time a small, kind gesture made a big impact on you." All the responses were touching and inspiring, but I've selected these three to share with you here on the blog.
My husband was out of work and we had almost no money. I had a secretarial job that kept us from being homeless but none of my coworkers knew how dire it was. I hadn't eaten for two days and a coworker gave me a ham biscuit left over from a morning meeting. I've never had food that tasted so good.
Samantha L. Maynard:
My mom died suddenly and unexpectedly. As I stood outdoors at the emergency room on my cell phone hysterically telling my dad what happened, two strangers walked up and hugged me. I don't recall seeing them later in the emergency room with their loved ones, nor could I have told you anything about them. I just remember how incredibly kind they were to comfort me in my ugliest, rawest moment.
There really are so many, but one that I still hark back to was the man, quite possibly homeless, who appeared right behind my big van as I was trying to back out of a tight parking spot. He guided me out with gestures and then disappeared as quickly as he had appeared. His brief but selfless effort made a long-lasting impression.
These examples illustrate beautifully how small, simple gestures of kindness can affect someone in need, even many, many years later.
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