Earlier this week I was having one of those days. Nothing (and I mean NOTHING) was going the way it was supposed to.
When I had a spare minute between battles, I randomly texted my oldest son, who is a freshman at the University of Arkansas, and asked him to send me something to cheer me up. I expected maybe a selfie or a text telling me he’s excited to come home this weekend. I wasn’t looking for much, just something to make me smile and keep some perspective. What I got in return blew me away.
Of course my son texted me back, but then about five minutes after I got a text from him, I also got a text from one of his fraternity pledge brothers. And then another. And another!
Over the next hour, I received inspirational and positive text messages from 18 college boys (who obviously had much more interesting things to do besides texting a 40-something mom they’ve never met). They sent notes like “keep your chin up” and “tomorrow is a new day!” And “you raised a great son so I know you’re an amazing person!”. One of my favorites started out “Hey there awesome lady! You don’t know me, but…” Another favorite was the kid who sent me a picture of the student he sat next to in the cafeteria that day who was wearing a full Batman costume. He said if that didn’t make me smile he didn’t know what would.
It took each of those 19 people maybe 30 seconds each to send me a text, but those seconds added up to a complete turnaround of my day and a wonderful, indelible memory. Every time my phone buzzed, I couldn’t help but smile – and I’m still smiling 3 days later. The power of that small act of kindness was exponential and I’m so proud of my son for thinking to ask them for help, and of those young men for taking the time to do something for their friend. They don’t know it yet, but I am sending homemade cookies to each one of them next week — kindness for kindness.
So tell me, what have you done or has someone done for you lately that was small in effort but huge in effect?