Yesterday morning, the local radio station I was listening to, read a letter from one of their listeners. The woman said about five years ago, she was driving down a road inStillwater,MNwhen she choked on a lemon drop she was eating in the car. She pulled over to the side of the road, and flagged down another car as her other hand was on her throat to signify she was choking. A man and his wife came to her aid, the husband performing the Heimlich maneuver on her, dispelling the lemon drop. Her letter said she had asked the man his name at the time, but was too caught in the moment to remember it. She was asking the radio station for help in finding her hero so she could thank him. At the time of the incident, she had six children; the youngest was 2 years old at the time.
Of course, her story brought tears to my eyes. Can you imagine the fear she experienced, thinking she might be leaving her children with out a mother?
Anyway, this topic made me ponder at those who perform acts of kindness and heroics. It made me think about something I experienced while shopping.
I stopped in at Barnes and Noble to pick up The Great Fitness Experiment by Charlotte Hilton Andersen; being that I’d read every entry in her blog, I figured it was time to finally read her book. I was fortunate enough to pick up an autographed copy! Thanks to Anna for recommendingCharlotte’s book and blog!
Standing in front of the fitness book section, which happens to be next to the diet book section, I noticed a yellow sticky note on the shelf of diet books. It simply said, “You’re perfect” with a smiley face. Guess what? It made me smile. In fact, I had to take a picture to share with my friends.
Sure, the note isn’t quite the same as being a hero, but you never know whose life it could affect and could even affect profoundly. I’ve heard of people starting challenges to pay a compliment or a kind gesture forward, but I’d never seen it so opening done. It truly made my day and I started thinking about what I could do to make someone else’s day, whether I ever heard about it or not.
So, I’m challenging myself and anyone who reads this to execute a random act of kindness or be someone’s hero. Feel free to share your stories below in the comments!