“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.” – John Ruskin
As you may know, in my younger days I owned a convenience store chain. Years and years later, I received a letter from a man in Kansas City with a name I didn’t recognize. It began, “Dear Mr. Kitchens, you probably won’t remember me, but…”
The man went on to explain that many years ago, he desperately needed to get back home, but didn’t have any money to pay for gas. He recalled that when he stopped at my gas station, I gave him a full tank for free. The man wrote that, at the time, he was in dire straits and the ability to get back home that day completely turned his life around. He told me that he now has three children and is the pastor of a large church. His letter stated that all these years later, he just wanted to say thank you for the impact that I had on his life. After reading his letter, I barely remembered the guy and I definitely didn’t remember giving him the gas. But, to know that a simple act of kindness totaling less than twenty dollars made such an impact on his life is still incredible to me.
Truly, that letter may be one of the best gifts I have ever received. It serves as a reminder that we’re all supposed to do more for each other. Instead of living comfortable, insulated lives, we all should be looking for opportunities to make a life-changing impact on someone with a simple act of kindness. The letter also reminds me of how important it is to take the time to thank people. I think most people have a hard time thanking and being thanked. It throws us off because it’s scary to realize the weight of our actions.
Today, I just wanted to pass along this story because it meant so much to me and I hope it encourages you to reflect on how you can impact others in ways both big and small.
Question: Who is one person you can thank this week? Reach out to them!