Lately I’ve noticed the phrase “Kindness Over Everything” pop up everywhere I look. It’s printed in glitter across my daughter’s favorite t-shirt, and a friend recently gifted me a new notebook which features the words framed in flowers.
But how often to we truly live out the mantras we sport on our clothing and accessories? We hashtag phrases like this until we’ve exhausted them, but do we take to heart the deeper meaning behind such beliefs?
I’m no creeper, but I’ve been known to snap a photo of unique moments I’ve witnessed when out in public. I’m not alone in my fascination with random acts of kindness either.
An Imgur and Reddit user known as “but_but_sigh” recently posted a heartwarming photo that’s drawing some viral attention. The caption reads, “This gate agent offered to help an exhausted mother travelling [sic] alone calm down her crying infant.”
Though the name of the agent at Nevada’s McCarran International Airport has not been made known, this picture is worth a thousand words and then some. And the anonymity hasn’t stopped Reddit users from commenting and praising the agent’s actions.
“These gate agents face so much abuse on a daily basis. Next time anyone takes a flight, throw them a compliment… it will absolutely make their day,” one person commented.
“You have to be an incredibly patient person to take on that job, props to this dude for going the extra mile,” another said. I can’t help but agree, and this one photo sent me on the hunt for another good Samaritan caught in the act.
As a mother with young children, I can more than relate to the woes of traveling with anyone under the age of 10. There will always be those with disapproving stares just waiting to make a parent feel as if he or she has committed some sort of crime for having a baby on board.
But for every unkind glare, there’s someone who understands. Rebekka Garvison, a passenger on Spirit Air back in 2015, probably knows this better than anyone.
When she boarded her Chicago to Atlanta flight, her infant Rylee began to cry. A change of seats ended up being the life-saver Garvison needed.
Little did she know when she sat next to Nyfesha Miller (pictured above), her journey would shift from rocky to smooth. “She was such a relief and so calming to me,” Garvison said. “I was already stressed and then seeing everyone else’s faces, that just made it even worse.”
It’s people like the anonymous gate agent and “airplane angel” Nyfesha Miller who make all the difference. They’re the types of people I hope to encounter the next time I travel, and their small acts of kindness are just two more reasons I haven’t lost hope in the goodness of humanity.
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