Little bits of kindness make the world better

Monday, May 13, 2013

I recently travelled to England for family reasons and due to small but significant disabilities find such a journey stressful — but I received such kindness along the way.
My travel agent (Nicole from CAA) had already smoothed my way as much as possible but all the others were strangers.
Firstly, in Toronto was Amana from India and a Hindu — her first week on the job helping those with disabilities — who went far beyond her designated role and gave me a hug when she left.
Then in Manchester, searching for a pound coin for a buggy, a lady, obviously Muslim from her dress, gave me the needed coin and we exchanged blessings.
In Oxford where I had chosen to go alone to explore (what a magical place!) I asked directions from a young street person. He was sitting, juggling to raise money and he insisted on taking me to my destination while we talked and exchanged names. He didn’t ask but yes, I gave him some well-deserved money and said I would pray for him.
Finally, on my return journey, in Toronto when I needed to change terminals, a friend had gone to the wrong place and was not there to help me. An airport employee took pity on me and insisted on carrying my luggage all the way on the bus and to my gate for Thunder Bay. His name was Tony and he said, “My mother always told me to be kind to others.” I said, “Can I give you a hug?” and he said, “I’d love one!”
My family visits were very fulfilling but the kindness of all these strangers showed me once again the truth of Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s words: “Do your little bit of good where you are: it is those little bits of good put together that can overwhelm the world!”
If all of us whatever ethnic origin or faith do our little bits of good by helping one another, we can defeat the effects of hatred and division in our world.
Elizabeth S. Peters
Thunder Bay