A close friend is recovering from surgery and treatment. It’s been a stressful worrying time and his wife recently recounted an incident to me which highlights the positive effect of continued acts of kindness.
The headlights of their car were not working, so they stopped at Eltham Auto Barn to purchase a globe costing $10. Although parts are not fitted the Store attendant asked a young chap present “would you like to help this women fit the globe”. Our Friends medical position was unknown to them.
The young man proceeded with enthusiasm, realising the old globe has badly melted into its socket requiring the entire assembly to be dismantled involving 40 minutes of tedious work. The husbands frustration at not being able to help his wife soon subsided.
Afterwards the young man told them how much he enjoyed working on cars, thanking them for an opportunity and refusing any monetary reward.
It lifted our friend’s spirits immediately and it was evident in its afterglow a few days later as the story was recounted to me.
Here is a poem about it -
An act of kindness
Kindness of an ordinary man
To strangers he does lend a hand
Can foresee a pressing need
Spirit sowed a thoughtful seed
Globe had melted in headlight
Help from stranger will reunite
Cars model was the one he knew
Problem sorted, cars lights renew
Kindly man swaggers off
Head held high, spirits aloft
Time no issue you understand
Youthful man a man so grand
The moral of a bleeding heart
Compassion knows, intended part
Rewards a giver, tis plain to see
Help to human family