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A Light in the Dark: A Random Act of Kindness

Updated on September 19, 2012

Right now, I find myself in the dark, drowning in an attempt to stay afloat with no sight of help on the horizon. I’m waiting on things that can help me, but they continue to lie out of reach, and I’m on the verge of being out on the street. But sometimes, a little light will come through to let you know that all is not lost.

It all started a day or two ago. I was lamenting to a friend and a some random other student I had just met the week before about how I was too broke to buy sugar so I can make myself coffee before school. I seem to complain a lot, but I think it’s a coping mechanism, or I just like to share my misery. I’d already received news that financial aid owed to me isn’t coming as quickly as I need it.

And we come to today. My day was a little brighter over the fact that I got to sleep in, in comparison to my other days of classes. I stop to say hi to a friend, who tells me he has something for me. It’s a box of sugar with a little note written on top. It’s from the girl from yesterday, who had given it to him in case she couldn’t catch me. This girl, who barely knew me, went to grab me something extra when she was shopping, just because she could.

I admit, at the tender age of 25, I’m somewhat cynical of the world, given my experiences within it, and my faith in the inherent charity of the human spirit fades with each passing year. So to have this little moment knock me for a loop is something of a thrill. It gives me hope in the future, and my fellow man, but it also restored a piece of the child that I once was who would see the good in people and not the demons. A little bit goes long way, and I’ve just moved a mile forward.


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      Kate McBride 5 years ago from Donegal Ireland

      That is a lovely story about the kindness of strangers. Thanks for sharing it here. I enjoyed reading it.