17th Random Acts of Kindness

 

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Kristin and James walked into my home and I really wanted to find a reason, any reason to say, “oh lord, hold on here, who are you”?  You see, I have known this wonderful girl since she was a child, watched her grow into a beautiful woman and I would even go, as far to say, “she is one of my own”.

Kristin is part of a trio bound by faith, friendship and also known as one of “the 3 musketeers”.  Jessica my daughter, Delaney and Kristin were inseparable for all of junior high and high school. She lived with us, vacationed with us and loved us as we did her. They all went their separate ways for college but have remained and will always remain sisters bound in faith. Friends for life.

We were all standing in the kitchen and James looked me in the eyes and well, said, ” he was in love with Kristin and had asked her to marry him”. He wanted our approval because he knew what she meant to us and what we meant to her.  I was stunned at his candor. I was taken back and at a loss of words. Something that usually never occurs.   All my brain would say to me was, oh dear, isn’t this to soon? They had only been dating for a short period of time.

Now, it was on. I wanted to know everything about this man. He started to tell me the story of him and I could not get enough of this guy. All I kept thinking to myself be, is this guy for real?

A story that will stick with me forever and this is just one of his “random acts of kindness”. He was a successful businessman and worked as a financial planner at JP Morgan Chase and was not finding any satisfaction in his success and was just not happy. He decided he wanted to give up all of his worldly possessions and live as a homeless person, just to see what it was like and how they felt. For TWO YEARS not a day in the life…  At first, I thought James was a nut bag but the more I actually listened to him, the more I wanted to know.  Not because I wanted to find something wrong with him but because he made me want to be a better person with every word. Every time I talk to him, his soul is beaming like a light that cannot be contained. He loves Jesus insanely, bleeds love and sacrifice but he actually lives his life to better the life of others. I could not have handpicked a better guy for her. They are meant for each other.

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James, you are an example of what we should all be like…  Keep being a do-gooder…

9th Random Act of Kindness

Sometimes it is just so random you miss it…

 

We are in our 9th day of our Random Acts of Kindness challenge and boy has it been busy and challenging to be truthful…

 We want this to be completely authentic for you the reader but importantly for us. WE are all busy people me,  you,  everyone we know but taking time out of our day to realize the importance of not running through life so quickly and slow it down a bit to see the beauty in small acts…

We started our run earlier than usual, mid afternoon so that we could get in some furniture shopping for our new home. Today we had our daughter Sam join us for our daily run. In the first mile we run past my old high school which is the hill I hate most but I love to run down it of course. On the way down, my husband notices a bowling ball nudged between the guard rail and the pavement and quickly comments “I bet some kids rolled that down the hill” and of course my quick witty comment back was “they could kill someone”…  Always the worst possible scenario plays out like a movie in my head. Second thought is, I hope it was not my Son and his friends! So we comment back and forth with Sammie about the bowling ball and then I quickly get back into my concentration mode for the 6 mile run to Lake Needwood and back.

So of course, I dart out in front trying to beat my last day,  thinking always about the d*#@ hill that I have to encounter at the half way point to enter Lake Needwood.

David and Sam are not far behind and I just turn around at the top of the hill and head back. I pass them on the way down and just keep going until we are at the hill I hate the most. The hill that I have to envision the support of my Grandparents running behind me encouraging me not to stop and stay the course.

While running up this hill in a pretty fast pace I look behind me and see my husband David and daughter Sam a little bit further back than usual. I stop at the top of the hill to wait for them and I see David running with this bowling ball. I’m thinking what the heck, he does not even bowl what is he doing?

Well, he of course was doing something he always does. “He is the MAN”. Always looking out for everyone, doing his best to make the lives of his family, employees and strangers a better day with him in it. He truly is a great example of a significant human being. He really cares and wants to change lives for the better. He truly is the man, yes he is, he is the man…

AND, check out the guns… Really honey, you are hot.

AND TO YOU… Slow it down, I am.