Wednesday Wisdom: Be the Good. | Seersucker Sass

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wednesday Wisdom: Be the Good.

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.

be the good - restoring faith in humanity

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.


23 comments:

  1. This is a beautiful story, and I'm so thankful that it happened to you! Little reminders that the world is good- especially when you really need one- are the best. Thanks for the reminder!

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  2. I loved this story.
    I think we all need little reminders like these every so often.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

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  3. I LOVED reading this! What a heartwarming story! I'm trying to instill compassion into my first grade kiddos on a daily basis. I think it's so important for young ones to understand and practice being kind and compassionate so when they are older it comes as second nature. What a sweet reminder that you never know when you will meet a compassionate stranger who touches your heart!

    xo Ashley

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  4. So Sweet! I am continuing my annual tradition of blessing bags for the homeless this year. It's the little things <3

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  5. The genuine kindness of people is so touching, and I wish that there was more of that. The smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest difference.
    Mikayla | A Seersucker State of Mind.

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  6. Mmm! So moving and so nice to know such sweet things happen all the time. Thank you for sharing!

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

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  7. This is so beautiful! If we all tried to be that way, who knows what could happen!

    Lauren | The Arizona Prepster

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  8. I love that!! This post brought back a memory of how I relied on the compassion of an Englishman on my very first train that I boarded upon arriving in France for my study abroad trip. He was the only other English speaker on our very full train, and helped me with my luggage (and helped to calm me down a bit as I was jet lagged and super duper stressed!!). Isn't it amazing how a little bit of kindness in a traveling situation can make a world of difference?!

    Can't wait to hear more about your travels!

    xoxo A
    www.southernbelleintraining.com

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  9. I absolutely love this story that you shared. It is so nice to know that kind, caring people still exist in this crazy world of ours!

    xx B | Southern Soul

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  10. What a beautiful story :) There is such good in the world if you look for it :)

    XoLindsay
    Sugar & Something

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  11. Wow, this story completely warmed my heart. How sweet it was of her to give kindness when it was most needed.

    Jadoregrace

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  12. This is an amazing story. Simply reaching out to someone and making sure they're okay can make such a difference. The fact that she had minnie mouse tissues is adorable!

    http://thealwaysblog.com

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  13. The world would be a much MUCH better place. It's attitudes like this, though, that can change the world. :)

    xo,
    Stephanie
    Diary of a Debutante
    www.thediaryofadebutante.com

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  14. I loved this story! Sometimes all it takes is a kind gesture from a stranger to make the world look less dismal :)

    Kristine | My Little Box of Tricks
    http://mylittleboxoftricks.wordpress.com

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  15. Such a beautiful story. That is so amazing that she waited for you off the plane. What a sweet lady!

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  16. I love this sweet story.It's so true that the smallest acts of kindness can make the biggest difference.

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  17. This is a beautiful story and I'm so glad there's amazing people left in the world. I love it!

    Nicole // Chronicling Home

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  18. Wow that woman was really nice!! I can so relate to this

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  19. I saw your tweet. I've been thinking a lot about how little gestures mean so much. I think my next challenge is going to be making sure to do one or more little nice things a day. Wouldn't the world be a happier place if we all did that?!

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  20. Such a great story and reminder, especially in time of rht season of giving!
    www.kayleighskloset.com

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  21. This is amazing. Such a perfect reminder, especially during the holiday season. <3 <3 I needed to read this today!
    xo
    Lauren

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  22. That's so sweet! I'm so glad there was someone there for you!

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  23. That is so sweet!
    With southern grace,
    Lindsey
    www.withsoutherngrace.blogspot.com

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