A friend of mine (let’s call her Samantha) told me a beautiful story that happened to her last week.
She was letting her daughter out the gate when a lady who she didn’t recognise smiled at her from ear to ear and said “Hello! Do you remember me?” She looked at the lady blankly and said that unfortunately she didn’t remember her and asked who she was and where she knew her from.
The lady (let’s call her Mindy) told her that in 2013 she had been at her lowest of lows. Without a job, without food and feeling very hopeless, she was going from house to house buzzing on the intercoms, hoping someone would answer her call for help. She was asking for food. Mindy said that Samantha had opened her heart to her and given her food.
Mindy now has a job and has been trained in her field. She has lovely employers and is happy. She walks past Samantha’s house on route between work and home almost every day and each time she sees the house she says “my angel lives here”.
Samantha was so moved by this story and realised that she did remember the incident. When Mindy has passed her home all those years ago, she had looked different – downtrodden, sad, worried, scared. Now she was empowered, happy, lit up and that’s why she wasn’t immediately recognisable. Samantha gave her a hug and thanked her for stopping to tell her the story, she hadn’t realised how her seemingly insignificant act had made such an impact.
In South Africa we are faced daily with people like Mindy and we don’t realise the effect we are having when we are loving, kind and helpful; opening our hearts and giving a listening ear. Sometimes we may even feel burdened by the endless stream of people who need help. I am hoping this story will help you recognise how a little act can mean so much to someone.