In light of recent events (AKA Blizzard Fest 2015), I couldn’t help but think of how even small acts of kindness can go a long way, or even the inverse, that simple acts gone undone can also go a long way.
Case and point, yesterday, we were hit with a huge snow storm. My area received approximately 36 cm of snow, and I’m convinced that most of it ended up in my well by my apartment door. Most times, I’m quite conscious of the snow building up and I’ll take care of it. However, this time, the snow had accumulated while I was sleeping. I woke up to an apartment completely buried in snow. The windows were all covered and I couldn’t get out of my house through the front door. I know I’m not the only person who experienced this yesterday, but I was panicking nonetheless.
When I finally make it out of the apartment (after baling snow into a bathtub, swimming through snow, and hoisting myself up on the ledge of the well) I notice that my upstairs neighbours driveway was cleared at the end. Mine was in tact of course, but that’s not what my concern is. If I had gone out to clear the end of my driveway, I’m pretty sure I would have noticed that the apartment entrance had disappeared under the snow. And although I may not have shovelled it myself, I like to think I would have tried to contact the apartment dweller to let them know they were being buried in. But maybe I’m different that way. So slowly but surely, I shovel out my entrance, cursing a little each scoop of the way.
However, I was also met with absolute kindness yesterday as well. Knowing that I was by myself, Dad decided to get his snowblower in the back of the van and drive across the city to help me dig out. I know, he’s my Dad, and Dads tend to do those sorts of things, but it doesn’t lessen the fact that it’s an act of kindness that really helped out someone (me) in need. Every time we have a snowstorm, there are neighbours all around with snowblowers who won’t even offer to help those struggling to get through the thousands of pounds of snow with a shovel. I am so lucky to have the best dad in the world who will make that trek out to help me, because I’m pretty sure I’d still be shovelling my way out.
So here’s a new challenge for myself: Be the best _______ you can be, be that sister, neighbour, friend, etc. and do your best in making someone’s life easier and/or better. We’re all going to be in need some day and who we have around us will make all the difference.