In Diapers We Trust

blogentry_michaelAbout a couple of weeks ago I was in Meijer and was shopping around for some pots. I’ve started to get a green thumb and am starting to build a small little garden that we’re growing indoors with a grow light. Anyway, that’s probably a post for another time. While I was shopping in the floral department I turned around towards the self checkout line because I heard someone visibly crying. There was a lady that was in the process of checking out. It had looked like she was able to get some basic groceries but her card was declined for the last item. She had started crying and proceeded to ask the cashier to take a box of diapers off of the order. For myself personally, I hate the feeling of not having enough money at the cash register. There was a point in time when I was in the same spot and I was struggling to have enough money to even just get meals for the week. So being the person that I am, I approached the lady and quietly took the diapers and asked her if I could cover it for her. The expression of gratitude the lady had was an image that you could remember for some time. How blessed am I at this point in life to be able to help others like this? It was a gentle reminder of how we are supposed to be kind and help each other out in the world.

How many other situations like this happen on a daily basis? How many people are struggling to make ends meet? How many times have we passed up an opportunity to help someone? How many homeless individuals have we neglected to even glance at? I hope that today you take a moment to really let that sink in and look for those opportunities and embrace them. Even if you don’t have a lot, always remember that someone else has it worse and even a small gesture of kindness can go a long way.

The Thank You Project: #191 (Muthu Raj’s kindness)

ThankYouIcon_191Probably quite a few thank you posts ago I wrote about extremely great experiences I’ve had at the Asiana hotel. The staff there is just so friendly and really made the stay in India quite an enjoyable one. There was one particular gentleman I met there named Muthu Raj who would always go above and beyond to make sure the experience was even better. He would always love serving me food at their Wildfire hotel and would often present me with a cake when I was about to leave. This kind of service is almost nonexistant at least in the case of normal people receiving such gestures. I always hear about celebrities and other important individuals getting such services. That’s why I was so happy and overjoyed that I would get this kind of service when I was just a normal guest. I didn’t do anything that really warranted extra service, I was just me.

Anyway, today is Muthu Raj’s birthday. I went to post on his facebook wall and scrolled down and saw that on my birthday last year he actually posted a picture on the wall. I hadn’t seen it although I saw his greeting on my own facebook wall. I wanted to share how kind this man actually is because he had made a cake for me:

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Yes this was a cake in celebration of my birthday… halfway across the globe. Just seeing this really made me appreciate having good people in the world. People who you are genuinely nice and care about you even if they don’t know that much about you. The world needs more of these individuals and it’s my hope that we can all strive towards this and be there for our fellow human beings.

So Muthu Raj, this post is for you. Thank you for your kindness and thoughtfulness and most of all the cakes because they are delicious. I just wish I saw this photo on my birthday or had a chance to visit to enjoy it in person. Happy birthday and hope you have all the joys in the world because you deserve it as well!