Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Random acts of kindness

There's something cool about doing a good deed for perfect strangers.

Because the fact is, you don't know that person, probably will never run into them again and won't expect them to return that favor.

So it's all on you choosing to do an of kindness that might never be recognized, except by God. There is something magical about it. You feel as though you're one step closer to making the world a better place.

Maybe it doesn't feel magical to you when you do something. But have you ever been the person on the receiving end? It's like feeling something magical just happened.

I'm walking down my campus one day when I did a slight trip over nothing. I looked down to see that my flip flop had came off. Confused, I stopped and raised my foot and saw that my flip flop had broken.

I heard laughter while I picked up my shoe to inspect it. Yeah, I probably did look funny to them.

It was broad daylight, and there were several there people that probably saw what happened. Curious though, I glanced slightly to see where the laughter came from. Seemed like a group of girls but I couldn't care enough to make an effort to look at them.

It was hopeless, there was no way I could fix it and walk around in it. But they were my favorite slippers, so I stuck it in my Mary Poppins Bag (the bag that holds everything).

Sigh. I really love these slippers.

I looked down, trying to figure out what to do. I decided that my jeans would pretty much cover my foot and save me from too much embarrassment. I mean, besides from those that had seen what happened, and had found it amusing.

My dad was around the corner waiting for me anyways. I’d be there in another five minutes. I picked up my head, and kept walking.

Good thing I didn't drive today

Still, I was a bit conscious when I realized that my jeans weren’t doing a very good job covering my foot. And I looked kinda lame walking with an awkward shuffle.

Shuffle...slide...shuffle...slide... Awkwarddd

Surprisingly, I refused to let it bother me and kept walking.

Oh, well... Just walk. It's gonna be okay. Da dada dada da. Just walk. Walk. Walk. Walk.

While I was lost in my Lady Gaga song, I hear running behind me.

Why does it sound like someone running over to tackle me? Should I turn and look? It's coming closer...

I glanced around to see a Muslim girl running toward me.

Maybe she’s going toward the garbage....and is in a real big hurry.

So I kept walking.

“Excuse me! Excuse me!”

I stopped and turned around.

“Would you like to trade shoes?”

“Huh? Um... but...” But I’m missing a shoe, why would she want to trade shoes?

Still confused, I looked at her flip flops, and then lifted my pant leg to show her my empty foot.

“No my friends just saw what happened. They said that your shoe broke. I can trade shoes with you”

“OH. No it’s okay.” Oh…the laughing sound I heard was probably them.

“No really. My car is right here, and it looks like you have a bit of a walk. And it would be dangerous for you to walk without your shoe…”

“Oh no. Thank you so much but my dad is right around the corner…But thank you so much”

I hugged her, thanking her.

“Thank you again”

“Oh it’s not a problem”

And she walked away. As I kept walking happily thinking of the incident, I realized that I never asked her, her name.

Whoever she is, she is the sweetest person I have ever met. And wouldn’t it be great if everyone was like that? I wish I had gotten her name.


linlah said...

I think it's better to not have her name so that the act remains random.

C said...

Awww..that's sweet!

Artistic Logic said...

hm cute

foxy said...

That is the best story I've read all day. Random acts of kindness from total strangers are the absolute BEST.

Anonymous said...

OMG that was so sweeeeeeeeet! May Allah reward her. Something like this happened to me too, well not with the shoe. You know that one outdoors parking lot I used to always park my car in, the one in front of structure two?? One day, I drove up to the entrance and swiped my card to find out that it didn't work. I panicked because I didnt have any money left on the card and didn't know where the heck I would park...and there were so many cars behind me so no way could I reverse and get outta there. I kept swiping my card and it still failed to let me in. Then the girl behind me ran out of her car and swiped it for me, with a smile on her face telling me, "Here you go!" It was soooo nice of her and totally made my day! :)

Little T said...

I love random acts of kindness. This reminds me of the guy who picked me up a few months ago in the rain when my car broke down. It is nice to know there are still a few good people left in this world.

Muslim Girl said...

That was very sweet of her, and a big offer too considering she was willing to give up ONE of her shoes for a complete stranger =)

Mrs. Cullen said...

This story makes me smile every time I hear it. Its ok that you didn't catch her name. But you can make duaa for her. Please do, always.

Mrs. Cullen said...

LOL Simply me. Its called "the lot." I can't believe you don't remember. It hasn't been THAT long.

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Tricia said...

That was something sweet she offered to do...angels..
It reminds me of a time when i was in campus, i was feeling very down and as i walked to campus i met this girl that said hi and told me to smile no matter what i was going through, i never saw here again but I've never forgotten her.

supreem said...

that's amazing. I really appreciate her... and this has nothing to do with me. but you're right Random acts of kindness are easier when you don't know the person.

Loredana said...

Wow that's great! Maybe you'll see her again and get her name. Awesome story!

Heckety said...

I think it is just lovely when someone does a kind act unexpectedly. Its gives me the tingles, whether I'm giving or receiving!

Cheryl said...

I'd give you my shoes.
I always care a pair of flip flops/flats just in case something like that happens.

Yes, I am just THAT paranoid.

phalanges said...

dude! talk about nice!
mashaAllah Allah yijzeeha ilkhair =]

EmptyWords said...

Lady Gaga, really? Never expected that...

roo said...

wow :)