Kindness. It’s a simple word, but one that holds so much meaning. It’s not so much about what you say or do, either.
What it really comes down to is how your kind actions or words affect another. Because that’s what kindness is all about, right?
Kindness is about the other person. It was Maya Angelou who said, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
This is so true. Our actions and words hold meaning. Exact details may not stick with us forever, but what will always remain are the feelings and emotions associated with those memories.
There was quite a bit of emotion behind an anonymous note that was left on a gate near a lake in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham, recently.
The handwritten note was accompanied by a single rose, which is quite reminiscent of “Beauty and the Beast,” I must say.
But this rose held no enchantment. It was simply a token meant to pay tribute to the writer’s late husband, whose ashes, the note says, were in that very lake.
Someone from Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School Rowing club posted a photo of the long-stemmed red rose and note on Twitter.
“Please can someone throw this into the lake for me?” the note’s simple request reads. “My late husband’s ashes are in the lake and I can’t get to the lakeside in my wheelchair anymore.”
This note was left on the gate at the water this afternoon. No name or number left but whoever you are, rest assured your rose is in place in the middle of the lake. pic.twitter.com/GAQcbQRSZJ
— BVGS Rowing (@BVGSRowing) October 18, 2018
Because the gates were locked and the sender needed to head north, she wasn’t able to wait to throw the rose in herself.
Thankfully, a good Samaritan from BVGS Rowing discovered the note and not only tossed the rose in for the widow, but also snapped a photo of the rose floating on the lake.
“I hope that this woman knows that her message went viral,” one commenter noted. I hope so too. I’ll bet it would touch her to know and see that her husband’s rose made it to its destination.
Not-so-coincidentally enough, BVGS Rowing tweeted something about kindness about a week prior to the rose story.
Another full day of rowing as usual but worth stopping for a second to recognise world mental health day, remember to look after each other, talk, and be kind. #WorldMentalHealthAwarenessDay #noproblemtobig #Nomountaintoohigh pic.twitter.com/8J2TnuKmXh
— BVGS Rowing (@BVGSRowing) October 10, 2018
“Another full day of rowing as usual but worth stopping for a second to recognise (sic) world mental health day, remember to look after each other, talk, and be kind,” the tweet says. How very appropriate. BVGS Rowing certainly looked after the woman who left the rose and note.
A small gesture and one that probably took just a few moments, but the impact of actions like these last so much longer.
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