Skip to comments.A moment of kindness (vanity)
Posted on 11/21/2012 3:52:07 PM PST by Marie
Right now, I'm in a lot of pain. I'm hurting. Everyone I love is hurting. Things just keep going from bad to worse.
Today I received a call, a woman soliciting donations for a charity.
I blew up. I told her that I'd just spent my entire morning canceling all of my monthly charitable donations. I'd given all I could give and I had nothing left. I'm bled dry. I almost hung up on her.
She asked me what was wrong. I sighed and couldn't speak and she told me it was alright. I started to choke up and I just blurted it all out on this perfect stranger. Everything. She stayed on the phone with me for more than half an hour. Encouraging me. Sharing her own stories of hardship and how she got through it. Offering every bit of compassion and love that another person can offer through a phone line.
Today, after that call, things got worse. (I've figured out that, no matter how bad it is, it can always get worse.) But I thought of Susan, that beautiful woman who took the time to stay on the phone and comfort a stranger in pain. To offer hope. To offer humanity. And it wasn't so bad. I had the strength to deal with more bad news.
She asked for nothing. She only wanted to give everything she could to ease my pain.
I wanted to share this story with my fellow FReepers. We need to remember this; when times are dark, when we feel like we're drowning, we're not alone. We have G-d and we have each other.
If you can't give money, sometimes it helps to give of yourself. To give a moment. To give a hug. To just remember to love one another.
What a powerful story, thank you for posting it.
I figure when ya boil everything down, whatever troubles we may have don’t account for much, if we have food in our stomachs and a roof over our heads.
We are here for three things. To love God, to love each other, and to be loved. I think for many of us, we have a hard time letting others love us, or to let someone else carry some of our load, if only for a moment.
Thank you again for sharing and I wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. :)
Don't feel alone. My second cousin was killed in an auto accident last Friday. His sister and I are as close as any kin can be, and we are asking God how this could have happened. Sometimes there are no answers, except for us to turn back and reconsecrate ourselves to Him.
Thank you, Marie, for sharing your story. I sadly fear that all the Susans out there are getting more and more rejections these days. The economy is just wretched. I’m with you: I’ve determined that I will be cutting back on charitable giving. I will definitely still be tithing faithfully, but beyond Samaritan’s Purse and the Salvation Army, I am pretty much going to be keeping my wallet closed. I was so frustrated after the election that I concluded if people want more government, they can have it. Let Obama take care of them. Cynical, I know.
I am so glad you had the opportunity to unburden yourself to a kind and understanding stranger today. My guess is that she has heard it all. You will pass along that kindness to someone else. You may not be able to *do* anything, but you will be a help just by listening and offering words of understanding and encouragement.
I wish you and yours a pleasant and warm Thanksgiving tomorrow!
I went through a terrible few years about 20 years ago, and I thank God every day for the experience, even though I didn’t think I’d make it through at the time. I had experiences like Marie describes, and it has made me more committed to treating everyone with kindness at every opportunity. My bleak years taught me real humility as well, and I learned to turn my life over to God. They also made me a lot stronger. Hang in there Marie. God shines through in mysterious ways—look for his Grace all around you. The signs may be small, but they are there. God Bless you.
I’ll pray for you and also give thanks for the beautiful story of one of God’s children reaching out to another. I’ve been on both sides and I can assert that Susan got much more out of it than you did. I’m borderline introverted and it is painful to get too close to others, but the times that i have reached out to someone hurting and in some sort of spiritual need, I have had some of my happiest moments. May God protect and guide you through your hard times and may you recognize the presence of His love for you.
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