I’ve always love the lyrics to the Jewel song, “In the end only kindness matters.” In life and in work, I truly believe that. At the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, was I kind? We had a rough couple weeks recently when the kids got a stomach bug, and then our family dog passed away. While some fantastic things were happening with my business, personally there were a few sad days. In the midst of it, a package from Florida arrived on my doorstep.
Inside the box was the most sincerely written card and a box of gifts. The gift givers were a couple that crossed our paths a few months ago on one of the most exciting days of their lives.
In February, as my family walked into the Magic Kingdom for the first time, we stood before the famous castle. My husband starts nudging me and directing my attention to a man who was proposing to his girlfriend right in the middle of the Magic Kingdom.
I grabbed my camera and photographed it for them. After the beautiful moment, I got their e-mail address and sent them the images. This kind couple packaged and shipped a thoughtful box of thank yous. The words they wrote in their thank you card were so heart warming. They also sent chocolates and a statue with Mickey and Minnie that says, “And they lived happily ever after.” My oldest daughter quickly staked claim of the statue for her room to remind her of the proposal she saw.
Also in the box was a small piece of fabric that says, “Kindness Matters.” I held it for a minute, thinking.
This I’m going to frame, I thought. When it’s just been a rough week, I want to look at that and remember, beyond all the “problems,” kindness matters. It’s so interesting the way God introduced these then strangers into our lives. There are many more “strangers” that will cross our paths in different ways, all as an opportunity to show that kindness matters. Kindness matters, when nothing else does. Thank you, Michelle and Kevin. They don’t call it the Magic Kingdom for nothing.
See their engagement post here:http://wp.me/p3hmbh-vH