There is a particularly prominent characteristic in each of us. No matter your gender, age, race, or place in the world, we all have the inherent will to help those in desperate need. We are deeply rooted by kindness. Stepping up for those in desperation with nowhere to turn is simply our basic human nature. We are born innocent, kind, and full of Love.
A friend of my cousin’s whom I’ve never actually met myself recently made a heroic move. His name is Jordan Wright and he posted an ad on Craigslist with the headline “Random Acts of Kindness” offering up help to anyone who truly needed it. His only request being that the receiver pays it forward themselves. Jordan had an outpour of responses, but one really stood out:
“Hi, my name is Melissa and I was recently given a terminal diagnosis. I have a rare disease called pulmonary hypertension. There is no cure for it yet and I am stage 3 of 4. I need help so bad getting myself and my 2 sons back home to Magnolia Texas. I am a single mom and have no family in California and their dad left the family and is not paying child support or helping with any part of their care for them. I am trying to get home where my mom and aunt are who can help me get through this and finish raising my children. I have never asked for anything from anyone in my life but if you could help me, I would be so thankful. I can verify with documentation everything that I am telling you. Please if you can help my number is 408-964-####. I live in San Jose area of Cambrian. Thanks for your time and thanks for offering a random act of kindness. You must be an angel.”
Jordan was touched by the response and contacted my cousin Lindsey Neale recalling she had some sort of connections to flight benefits. She forwarded me the lengthy information while I was in the middle of packing for a solo trip to Thailand the night before my departure. Needless to say I was a bit overwhelmed and overlooked the email telling her I would read it if I had time. My heart kept pulling me back to the words “Random Act of Kindness” I listened and finally put down my list of things to do and took a moment to read the email. I was moved to tears. I immediately put together a quick entry to post on my company FB page.
There was an incredible response of willingness to help within less than an hour of my posting. Not only were my coworkers and friends offering up their buddy passes, which we only receive a limited amount per year, but also rides, childcare, help with groceries etc. On my way to the airport the next morning I locked down buddy passes from several loving hearts. When contacting Jordan via FB he was astounded with how quickly this chain of events had occurred and how many people became a part of it. He along with myself and Lindsey are so grateful for those that stepped up and chose Love.
It is our nature to do so. We get distracted at times, but we are all at our core loving and kind. This is also a grand example of how social media can be used in a positive way. This inspired Jordan to make a web series of the entire process and to share with the world Melissa’s story.
So throughout your day notice where you can step up. Whether it be small or large. Where can you choose Love? You may be changing someone’s day with a simple smile.
I will continue praying for Melissa and her boys. Stay tuned for the youtube video featuring their reaction, meeting us, and their departure home to Texas.
So today as always, Choose Love, Be Love, Make Love.
By the way, Jamal and I just touched down safely. Blessings from Thailand xx