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Random Acts of Kindness

September 19, 2016

Random Acts of Kindness

It's Saturday, a day I traditionally get out of bed before I am really ready to.  Dragging myself to my trainers (having put my running kit on of course, it's not warm enough for naked running!) Then getting over to Bushy Park for the 5km timed "fun run" - finishing with a bunch of strangers who become instant friends sharing today's experience of the park, the weather and how getting up early on a Saturday always seems worth it afterwards.

But not today.

I have a cold and decided that my body needed a bit of rest. So I luxuriated in no alarm and getting back into bed with my morning coffee to read my book and generally chill out.  So far so good.  But knowing I can just nip into my home office and quickly check if I need to sort out any orders, answer any customer feedback and read my social media feed meant there wasn't a whole load of chillin' going on.  I was out of bed and tapping away at my laptop in no time. So far so boring - but please stick with it, this does have a point!

A couple of emails and a some orders later, it was time to get out and make up for the run I had missed.  All I needed to do was print a delivery label and get going.  Control-P......nothing, no sound of the printer chugging away and no reason for it not to.  After all the checks, switch off, switched back on, restarted the laptop......still nothing.  Just the on light malevolently shining out.  Pretending not to be bothered - just to see if that worked - doesn't make any difference.  But then I got a grip of myself and stopped giving the printer human qualities.  My printer was conspiring to steal my day away from me.  In the end I found the ultimate solution - a pen!

So now I'm in trainers and bouncing down the road to the post office, small parcel with a handwritten address label in hand.  An hour later than expected - and I'm still pretty annoyed with the printer.  Up ahead the bus pulls into the bus stop and a frail lady steps off with a big awkward parcel.  Its windy so the parcel is almost pulling her over and she stops to try and keep hold of the unwieldy package.  There is no one else around, just me.  

If I had left my house when I wanted to I wouldn't be there - and now in my path is an opportunity to make someones life a little easier.  It took a few seconds of persuading her that I was genuine about helping but the three minutes it took to walk with the parcel to her home meant nothing to my day (after all the #*?$@# printer had already stolen a hour) but as I put the large parcel on her door step, she gave me a hug and said "there aren't many people like you, your mum would be proud".

In a strange way I can thank my printer for putting me in that situation - more than capable of offering aid to someone in need AND being in the right pace at the right time.  I am back home now and the printer is working like a dream (it obviously read my mind when I was looking at a replacement online a few hours ago!)  I am sure there are time when we all wonder whether we should offer help to someone, or say a friendly hello to someone in the street or on the bus.  All I can say is I am definitely going to be doing it more often now.  Whats the worst that can happen?  It gave me a warm feeling inside and a reason to smile for the rest of the day.  My job title is Head of Customer Happiness and I have come to realise that I have a duty to generate happiness in all aspects of my life, not just for my customers.  And that in itself is one way of adding to my own sense of well being - even if it's random strangers.  After all a stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet.





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63kg / 10st

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