WATWB: Kindness (reblog)

WATWB – we are the world blogfest – is about spreading light in a world where the focus is often on the darkness. It’s the 2nd Anniversary for WATWB. Happy birthday :)! My WATWB posts are usually about the kindness of others. Today I’m sharing a blog post from After the party

I loved the post because she was talking about the kindness of others. The people in the world who look beyond the external and want to help. The good people. The people who give. Who want to give. How much of a difference each and every one of us can and do make.

What I don’t often talk about is the kindness that was shown to me through those years. The people who saw something more in me, something good, and gave me chances, reached out a hand, tried to help. There are more kind and giving people in this world than you would ever imagine…

I took advantage, overstayed my welcome, pilfered change from pockets, ate food that wasn’t meant for me. I was given jobs that I casually didn’t show up for, and borrowed money I could never pay back. In short, I was kind of a nightmare. Looked like a sweet kid, behaved like a monster. And still…people helped me. My friend Debbie, who I’ve lost track of over the years, replaced my headlights when she was scraping by on a waitresses salary….

One time, I was at the welfare office in Nevada, in a desperate situation. I needed money, I needed food- at this time I had a small daughter, and I had waited too long to look for help. There was no way I was making rent. I had called the Catholic charities, I had tried to figure it out,  but things were dire. It was winter time, I remember that, and things were not looking good in that welfare office. It was harder to get help in Nevada than it had been in California, and I knew things weren’t going to work in my favor for once.

There was a woman working there…she was probably the age I am now, mid forties, a heavy-set black woman. She had this beautiful necklace on- a simple chain with this big, shiny, single rhinestone hanging from it. In the midst of all the bullshit I was spewing, wired out of my mind, I said “I really love your necklace.” Because I did. I will never, ever forget what happened next. She said “You know, I never wear this thing. I felt called to wear it this morning, and now I know why.” And she took it off her neck and handed it to me. She GAVE it to me.

I would not be here without the kindness of strangers, the giving hearts of my friends. I know that much is true. Never stop reaching out, even when you think it’s a lost cause. You just never know the impact you might have on someone.

To read the full post click here


What acts of kindness have others done for you?

To join WATWB click here. This months WATWB is cohosted by Shilpa Garg,  Sylvia McGrath , Belinda WitzenHausenDan AntionDamyanti Biswas.

So long as there’s life, there’s hope.

Love, light and glitter


17 thoughts on “WATWB: Kindness (reblog)

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  1. Hi Eliza,
    A very moving story.
    It’s because of people who are kind and helpful this world is such a wonderful place to live in.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    — Pradeep | bpradeepnair.blogspot.com

  2. Hi Eliza – you’ve certainly learnt where life is kind and managed through your own actions to move on – and are helping others through your own experiences. The lady at the theatre is a gem isn’t she … and the lady who spent time with you on the beach gave you food for thought … you have so much to offer others in the world and telling your stories will also do that. Take care – cheers Hilary

  3. Thanks for sharing this story, Eliza. Unexpected kindness is truly a gift. I wish we saw more of it, and I hope we remember to share it, often.Thanks for participating in WATWB.

    1. Thanks Dan
      Yeah, unexpected kindness is definitely a gift. I love the topic which is why most my WATWB posts are on this theme. Things like the guy who bought me a bottle of water in a foreign airport coz’ you couldn’t pay with the currency but needed a (foreign) card.

  4. This was a feel-good story you have shared Eliza … out of a life of sadness, came gladness – if only more people reached out to their fellow human beings. Somehow so many of us have abandoned our compassion for others, we lack the human touch … and then there are others who do kind deeds so effortlessly. Bless them.

  5. Thank you so much for telling this personal story it brought a tear to my eye. That woman who gave you the necklace is a real special lady. Take care dear Eliza

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