The craziest, most amazing thing happened to me last week, and I've been dying to tell y'all about it. If you follow me on Twitter or Snapchat, you know that I've been doing a lot of traveling lately. I flew to New York two Thursdays ago, went to my cousin's wedding and spent time with family, flew home the following Monday night, got home at 11 pm, worked that Tuesday, flew back out Wednesday for another trip to New York and Connecticut, and then landed back in Tennessee on 11 pm Sunday night. #exhausted #blessed Hands down, I think the worst part about traveling is saying good bye.
When I was flying home from the first trip, I caught a connecting flight from Detroit to Knoxville. My dad was flying back home to Indy, so he waited with me at my gate until it was time to go. I was crying as I boarded the plane, and the tears came harder and harder as I walked through the little tunnel toward the plane and away from my dad. I attempted to make eye contact with no one, but I could feel sympathetic eyes on me.
While waiting in line in the little tunnel, a lady turned to me with a smile and handed me a pack of Minnie Mouse tissues. She told me she just said good bye to her daughter, and she knew how I felt. She made small talk with me as I dried my face, and to be really honest, I cried a little more when I got to my seat on the plane because I was so touched by her warmth and compassion.
When I got off the plane, she was waiting for me. My new friend told me that she had thought about me the entire flight and just needed to be sure that I was okay. I don't know if I've ever given someone a bigger hug in my entire life or if I've ever been so thankful for a stranger.
Can you imagine what our world would be like if we all showed love and compassion to strangers like my friend from the airport showed me? If we dared to love people like Jesus loves us? With all of the sad and scary things going on in the world, this act of love and goodness restored my faith in humanity. I can't tell y'all how many times I have played this back in my mind over the past two weeks.
My challenge to you this week is to be the good in the world. Donate your old scarves to a homeless shelter, offer a kind word to someone who looks like they need one, smile at everyone you see because the world needs more smiles. No matter how small or large your good deed is, be one of the good guys. Love people the way that Christ called us to love one another. You never know who you may inspire. They may even write a blog post about you to inspire others ;)
And to my sweet airport friend who was flying Delta from Detroit to Knoxville November 23, thanks for the tissues and for completely changing my outlook on the world. You've blessed me more than you know.