Sunday, September 18, 2011

Day 261, September 18

A week or so ago, I began a post with a quote counseling that "you cannot do a kindness too soon." I'd like to relate a story tha occurred as a result of that.
My daughter, Alanna, a busy mom of two and a CPA, read the blog and decided to act on it. Alanna makes beautiful cards. She decided to make some thinking-of-you cards and send them to two ladies in her church who were facing serious health problems. She was not particularly close to these women but thought their spirits might be uplifted by receiving a card.
A few days later, she learned from a friend that both ladies were very touched at receiving her cards. Perhaps these women were inspired to do something for someone else and those people were inspired ... and so on. The writer in me likes to finish a story and, of course, give it a happy ending.
Or, perhaps, this story doesn't have an ending at all. Maybe the acts of kindness will continue, reaching hundreds, thousands, of people.
When Alanna wrote me of this incident, I asked her permission to share it, which she gladly gave. She said, "Maybe we can change the world one card at a time." I don't know if we'll change the world with cards, but maybe we can change a small part of it and make it a bit brighter for someone else.
So, for today, I am grateful for my sweet daughter and her decision to "do a kindness too soon."


  1. Thanks Mom for the sweet post. I need to make it a point to do a kindness too soon more often.

  2. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree... ;)

  3. Alanna, you're an example to me. I still haven't written that note I was reminded to write when I read the original post. I hope that there isn't such a thing as doing a kindness too late. I suppose, only if I never do it.