Sometimes, right in the middle of a bad day or tough times, we all could use a kind word or gesture, regardless of who it is from. It is one of the many reasons, we are often encouraged to be always be kind, you never could tell the amount of effect a simple act of kindness could have on someone. Writer and producer Ed Solomon shared a story on his Twitter account about a woman whose life was profoundly impacted by an exchange she shared with a stranger in an elevator when she was a child, many years ago. The kindness shown by the stranger in a single moment helped carry this woman through some of the toughest times of her life. He wrote:
“The other day, a woman related a story to me about how her mother had viciously berated her since she was a child; and how one day, it was happening in an elevator—in front of others. When the door opened on their floor, the mother bolted out, but just as SHE started to go… a stranger (a random person who happened to be there) whispered, ‘Hey’. The (then 11 year-old) girl turned back. The stranger said: ‘It’s not you. It’s her.’ Then, the elevator door closed.
Why do I bring this up? Because the (now 53 year-old) woman told me that at times when life gets really dark, when she hears her (inner) mother’s voice telling her that she’s s**t, she can’t do it, or to just plain give up… she then sees that stranger’s face as the door closes in front of her, nodding. Sometimes, it’s the only thing that keeps her going.
The other day a woman related a story to me about how her mother had viciously berated her since she was a child. And how one day it was happening in an elevator – in front of others. When the door opened on their floor the mother bolted out but just as SHE started to go.. 1/
— Ed Solomon (@ed_solomon) January 29, 2018
The point? If you have a nice thing to say—a word of encouragement, a compliment—even if it’s to a passing stranger; don’t hold onto it. You just never know where and when it will land. As an addendum: Same goes for the opposite, when you have something negative to say.”