Wednesday, April 11, 2012

K is for Kindness



In this post I am using the following definition of kindness: the quality of being warm-hearted, considerate, humane and sympathetic.

I journeyed to the South Carolina low-country in January. I've been here for four months and am leaving for home on Sunday. I be been met with nothing but kindness from every person I've encountered. I don't think people here get angry. Southern hospitality is everything and more than I would have expected.

In the first month I met a few people at a church I chose to attend. Over the time I've spent here these people have become true friends. It hurts to think of leaving them. Not that I don't have friends at home, I have wonderful friends there, too.

In a solitary walk on the beach one day I met this amazing woman. She went through cancer with her husband when they were young. Together they have raised an amazing son. Tanner is a basketball player at Clemson University, but that's not what makes him amazing. While in high school Tanner started Tanner's Totes. He fills large  plastic totes with items for pre-teens and teens who will have extended hospital stays. The program has grown and is a non-profit. I was so impressed when I went to the website that I have decided with Tanner's permission to sponsor them. That means I will be giving money to his program with the sales of my books. It won't be massive amounts of money (I'm not making James Patterson bucks), but it will be a way to give to those who are in need.

I've met a group of people who thought nothing of giving two weeks of their lives to travel to Costa Rica on a mission trip. There one of my new friends found an autistic child. She had read that if you touch an autistic child you need to completely hug them. Through an interpreter she was able to get permission to do that. She slowly approached the young boy and the interpreter asked if the woman could hug him. The boy not understanding agreed. When she wrapped him in her arms he immediately wrapped his arms around her. No one had been able to touch him since he was a baby. The tearful parents thanked her in every way they knew how, because once again they would be able to touch their own child. He became very calm after she hugged him, something else his parents were amazed at.

Others have opened their homes and hearts to me and showered me with kindness. I hope when you meet someone new you will do the same.

TTFN

5 comments:

  1. Sounds like you found a special place. I'm trying to visit all the A-Z Challenge Blogs this month.

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  2. Kindness is an extension of pure love. Unfortunately, none of us know yet what true love is, thus we all fall short of kindness on occasion. Reaching out to others is risky to a lot of people because they have been 'burned' as a result. Nevertheless, we should all strive to be kind and to move closer to a love that is complete.

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  3. It's always wonderful to visit somewhere and people open their hearts to you. It's such a blessing, come to think of it.

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  4. This is an amazing post!
    Kindness costs nothing - a small act of kindness could be a positive life-changing experience for somebody... you will never know it! So I agree... spread the kindness everywhere!
    I'm your newest follower.

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  5. The kindness of strangers in particular has always impressed me. quite frankly, I've found Americans in all parts of the country to be really helpful and kind. don't remember any nasty encounters and I've travelled in the states many times.

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