The Kindness of Strangers

A Blessing in a Crisis

“The simplest acts of kindness are by far more powerful then a thousand heads bowing in prayer.” – Mahatma Ghandi

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On the way home from the airport a few weeks ago our car was totaled in a hit and run DUI accident.  It happened in a surreal instant but the sights and sounds are imbedded in my brain.  I never knew that an accident could be associated with a color but mine was white…  The truck that struck us, the truck that followed, the airbags, the shattered glass, all white.  The sound was an ear shattering combination of metal on metal, squealing tires and breaking glass.  I have no explanation for the odd calm I felt through the entire incident.

What struck me profoundly was the incredible gratitude I felt and continue to feel.  The kindness of strangers and the willingness to serve another being in times of need makes my heart swell.  At 10PM on a Sunday night 3 cars stopped with their own distinct purpose.  One to see if we were ok, the other followed the offender and reported details to the police and the third stopped to comfort us…  Two police officers stopped to help the officer who was cleaning up the road…  The drivers of two competing towing companies helped each other put the cars involved on tow trucks…  This was a demonstration of incredible kindness.

I believe this was a gift, a reminder that life is precious and that goodness abounds.  I am grateful because seconds could have changed the outcome.  I am grateful because we were able to kiss our children good night as they were snug in their beds during the whole ordeal.  I am grateful that my husband and I held each other all night.  I am grateful that we walked away with some minor injuries.  I am grateful for insurance.  I am grateful for the kindness of strangers.  I am grateful for a new perspective.  And, I am grateful for another day of life.

Wishing you well.

Tracy

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