I spent a good part of my day watching a Netflix series called The Kindness Diaries. A gentleman named Leon Logothetis decided to set out on the journey to travel the world on the kindness of strangers. He had no money and relied on people’s kindness to help him with gas, food and a place to rest his head. He didn’t embark on this adventure to take advantage of people but to prove that with all the ugliness of the world that there is far more beauty than we realize.
He of course ran into people that declined to help him but what he found is there are loads of kind people out there who are willing to selflessly give. From people with money and many nice things in life all the way to the homeless who are just giving all they have to a stranger in need.
Watching this really made me stop and reflect on how I see the world. I have to admit sadly more often than not think of the world as this ugly place where terrible people reign. I am sure it is a combination of my love of horror movies along with the many challenging life experiences I have gone through. But why do I choose to see the experiences and the terrible people rather than focusing on the endless blessings and beautiful people that have been placed in my life.
To watch people, give to Leon at unexpected and unplanned times had me at moments in tears. Those beautiful moments of pure selflessness. It was so easy to see those kindnesses when it was the focus of the series and editing had been done. But when you stop and really think of your experiences in life and make the choice to mentally edit bringing the kindness forward. We really are surrounded by so much beauty.
It made me think of one of my situations of kindness while in Houston, Texas. There was a time in my life while married to my second husband that the decision was made to move from Idaho to Texas. It was set in the illusion the move was to be closer to my ex-husbands child but was truly something he pushed to separate me from my family. Without going into a detailed story, it was a marriage of a lot of abuse and control. I prayed for years for an escape from the situation and as the years passed I became extremely hopeless that I would ever be saved from the nightmare. I was convinced by my ex-husband to go on a Women’s Bible Retreat weekend, I desperately did not want to go. Hidden in that weekend was one of the most beautiful people that I have ever met. Trina was someone I had met at church before but this weekend retreat gave us the opportunity to create a bond that to this day is means the world to me. At the same time my prayer for a true friend was being answered the ability for me to escape and return home to Idaho was being put into action. The idea of leaving this wonderful new friend was so hard but what was so amazing is how much she gave of herself and her time in my hour of need. She was truly a strength to me during those few months. I would not be where I am today without her kindness.
What I need to keep reminding myself in life is, I can choose to see the nightmare or I can choose to see the beauty of the people who touched me and the blessings I am given.