“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” ~Acts 20:35
Every year I promise myself I am going to be ready for Kindness Day Because of Heller. I am going to have my posts written before the first day of December, and I am going to have all of my kindness plans and preparations organized in advance. After all, I try to encourage DELIBERATE acts of kindness as well as RANDOM acts.
Every year, our family celebrates at least 4 birthdays in October (and Halloween) and 3 birthdays in November (and Thanksgiving). That is just family. I get overwhelmed and stressed and annoyed at myself for cutting my deadline close—one I made for myself—one I made for Heller.
This year, my Wi-Fi carrier decided to wreak havoc on my goal as well. This year, when it was time to post on the first day of December, I had no Wi-Fi. I was unable to post at all.
No, the world will not end if my kindness post does not make December 1, but I was excited this year. This year, Kindness Day Because of Heller has many new supporters joining us on and before December 22. I was eager to make a good impression.
That is where she came in. She is a new friend I met only this year. She is a fellow volunteer at Nicholas’s school. We recently had breakfast with a small group of friends and she allowed me to share our story of Heller and plans for Kindness Day with her. As I spoke about Heller, her enthusiasm warmed me. She had wonderful ideas and an intensity that rekindled my excitement for the day. She is a take-charge kind of girl--exactly what Kindness Day needs.
So, there I was on Day One in December with nothing to post. With my computer down, I clicked on my phone for a glimpse at Facebook and Heller’s name caught my eye.
There was her Facebook post. It read:
“While I celebrate the birth of my son every year on December 22nd, another mother honors her son's memory. Heller was the age that my (son) will be turning this year, and I pray that we as a family can spread some of the joy and light that Heller brought to others in his short life by honoring his memory and doing a random act of kindness each day leading up to Dec. 22nd. If you can, read the blog, and join us.”
Thank you, friend. Your kindness has already made a world of difference.