“If the words you spoke appeared on your skin, would you still be beautiful?” I was scrolling through Pinterest the other day and came across this quote and it just resonated with me in such a meaningful way. I kept thinking about the power of kindness and how such a simple act of being kind to someone goes such a long way.
In my professional career, I work as an administrator for a private University. The start of Fall Semester is always a busy time as we welcome our new and returning students to campus. I have the chance to interact with a lot of students and their families. On the first day of orientation, a woman approached me with a huge grin on her face. I did not recognize the woman but I pleasantly smiled back as she approached me. I was prepared to answer questions about orientation, finding the bookstore or any of the questions that new parents ask during orientation weekend. To my surprise, this woman did not have any questions she knew exactly who she was looking for – she was looking for me!
This lovely lady began to tell me how I had given a presentation earlier in the year to a group of high school students and their parents about the University. She told me that after the session, I was so kind to her and her husband that it made a lasting impression on them. She told me that meeting me was the reason they decided to send their son to my University.
I was shocked, I didn’t even remember talking to this lady or her husband! She came specifically to find me and thank me in person. I was speechless! I was so moved that I impulsively gave the woman a hug while trying to hold back my tears. The woman smiled at me while trying to hold back tears herself, we both stood without saying another word but we instinctively understood everything that the other was trying to convey.
At that moment, it did not matter that I was a black woman and she was a white woman. We were just human beings whose lives were touched by kindness. Plain and simple – just being kind.
There have been many, many times in my life that I thought “I am just too nice, people will think I am weak” and I thought I should change. I am so glad that the Lord helped me through those times and I did not allow the pain, bitterness or negative things that I experienced in life to change the essence of who I am as a person.
Lovelies, always remember that you will never regret being kind. “Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones”. Proverbs 16:24