Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

Saturday, September 1, 2012

A Look Inside

     We got a call the other day from the painting contractor who did all the painting work on our house when it was built 5 years ago.  It seems that he's working with another customer who's considering using some of the same trim paint as we used and they wanted to see what it looked like several years later.  He wanted to know if he could show them our house.  Of course, we said "yes."
     This morning he came over with the couple with whom he's working.  I showed them around and answered their questions.  They also wanted to know about our hardware and where we had gotten it and I promised to research that and e-mail them with the answer.  They spent about 30 minutes here before they were on their way.
     Interestingly, we also got a call the other day from the contractor who did the masonry work on our house.  He, too, wanted to bring a customer by to look at our patio and gazebo, and of course, we also said this would be fine.  We're glad to help both the contractor as well as the homeowner in any way that we can.
     Speaking of helping out, when I was stopped on a street corner today, chatting with a friend I had bumped into, a car pulled up and a woman asked for directions to a particular house number on another street.  I was able to give her clear instructions for how to get there, and when I saw her later in the bank, I was able to confirm that she found it OK.
     As has often been the case this year, these small acts of kindness certainly weren't earth-shattering or life changing for anyone.  But in some ways, that's exactly the point of this exercise.  It's a matter of doing little things every single day to be kind to others and to make this a slightly kinder world.  Incidentally, today is my 249th consecutive day of posting kindness stories!

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