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Random Act of Kindness - The Day Three Strangers Rescued Me From the Icy Road
Are You Inspired?
Have you been ever been inspired to share a special story of kindness with others? I recently read a heartwarming story by Just Ask Susan, and she has inspired me to not only perform random acts of kindness, but also to share experiences I have had to further inspire others.
One Cold Icy Morning
It was a frigid winter morning with high winds and icy roads. My two children, who were very little at the time, were bundled up in their infant and toddler seats. I was on my way to drop them off at day care, before heading to work. It was approximately 7:15am. The temperature had dropped during the night and the snow that had fallen had turned to ice. Luckily, most of the main highways and roads were plowed and salted.
You Take the High Road and I'll Take the Low Road
Some roads, especially the side streets, were ice covered. I put my car in low gear and moved slowly through the streets, confident that the sun would come out soon and start melting the snow and ice.
As I got closer to my destination, some of the roads were narrow and hilly. One of the roads I had to take was detoured due to a tree that had fallen. This was before the days of the GPS. Not being the best with directions, I used my best judgment to find an alternate route.
To make sure the kids were happy and comfortable, I turned on a tape with children’s songs. This was also to help me keep calm too, as I tried to find my way around some unfamiliar roads.
I drove up a hilly road which was very snowy and icy. I tried my best to keep the car on the path. All of a sudden I felt like the tires may have hit some unshoveled snow. I could hear the tires spinning. The car wouldn’t budge. I figured it must just be some ice or snow around the tire. I put the car in park and went to check the tires. The back left tire was caught in some snow and ice. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a shovel, but I tried to use one of the rubber car mats to place under the tire, in the hopes that it would give it some traction. No luck. I looked around and the streets were deserted. Not another car in sight. I checked on the kids and they were doing fine. I said a prayer for God to help me. I felt kind of helpless (and this was before the days of cell phones). I felt my eyes filling up. I guess everything was getting to me.
Angels We Have Heard On High
All of a sudden, several teenager school boys appeared at the top of the hill. It was weird because I didn’t hear a sound and then all of sudden they were there. They saw me and the car in the middle of road and start walking towards me. The sun was starting to peek through the clouds and for a moment, I couldn’t see their faces due to the bright sun. They approached me and just started helping, and I hadn’t even asked for help. There were 3 of them. Like angels from the sky, they appeared and unconditionally starting helping. They pushed the car to a clear path at the top of the hill onto the main road. I was so grateful for their help. I thanked them over and over and they smiled and said, no problem, glad to help.
I swear it felt like they were 3 angels sent by God to rescue me. To this day, I wished I knew who they were so I could tell their families how they helped me, that icy winter day.
Random Acts of Kindness
When you are the receiver of a random act of kindness, as I was when those boys helped me out that day, it warms your heart and makes you very grateful. It helps you appreciate things more and want to help others.
When you are a giver of a random act of kindness, it fills you up with happiness and love, and sets one of the greatest examples you can offer to others, the virtue of kindness.
Do a Random Act of Kindness Today
Make a point to do something nice to someone today. It can be someone you know, or someone you don’t know. It can be as simple as holding the door open for someone, carrying a bag of groceries for someone, or donating clothes to a homeless shelter.
If it’s the holiday season where you are in the world today, reach out today and give out to others, whether it’s the change in your pocket that you fill in the fundraiser box at your local store, or the snack in your bag that you give to the homeless person walking in the street.
Whatever you decide to do, the world will be better place because you cared.
I wrote this hub to share my story after reading a the hub, Random Act of Kindness Makes Young Boys Christmas Special, written by Just Ask Susan.
Thank you, Susan, for reminding me of my experience and wanting to share with others.