Today’s random act of kindness is actually a story told through text messages. A few weeks ago, as I was packing up to return home from the ISTE conference, I saw this post on my best friend’s Facebook wall:
Have you ever lost something of value? Sure you have! When was the last time you went looking for your car keys or your phone charger? You know the feeling well… searching… looking… “I thought for sure it was here…” It’s an uncomfortable state of mind to not know the exact location of something that belongs to you, especially something valuable.
Now imagine that same feeling, but add the realization that what you are looking for is GONE. Not misplaced. Not tucked away in a pocket, purse, or briefcase. GONE. What feelings flood your mind now?
Confusion. Violation. Fear. Anger. Angst. Roll them all together and you are officially racing up and down the tallest roller coaster hills with no end in sight. Welcome to my best friend’s world.
As I read her message, my blood froze, then boiled. I know, I know, cell phone theft is on the rise, but it doesn’t make it acceptable by any means! In this day of digital identity theft, the thought of a stolen cell phone is close to that of a stolen lock-box at the bank. Stop for a moment and think to yourself: If my phone was stolen, what items could a thief access without my permission?
Did I mention that my best friend did NOT have a lock code activated? (Please don’t lecture her. She’s heard it ALL.)
As her friend for more than 20 years, I felt like I had an obligation to do something… anything… but what? I hated standing to the side feeling helpless, imagining the kick-in-the-gut feeling she was going through at that moment. So I did the only thing I knew to do. I started text messaging the person who stole my best friend’s phone.
(If you can’t read the text messages, click here to read them in paragraph form.)
I sent these texts as I was packing. Waiting for the Marta. Boarding an airplane. Arriving home. I prayed the person who had my friend’s phone would not only receive the messages by sight, but by spirit as well. I knew it was a long shot. “Why even make the effort? What are the chances the person will really turn in the phone?” Sure, the odds were against me, but I had nothing to lose. (Well, maybe fifty bucks, but even that would be a fair price to pay for my friend’s relief.)
And then… this message on my friend’s Facebook wall:
THIS. IS. WHY. I. DO. WHAT. I. DO!
When I say I believe there is good in this world, I BELIEVE WHAT I SAY! There IS good in this world! Her phone was returned, unharmed. Her identity was not stolen (although they are still closely monitoring all their accounts just in case.) This was a multi-faceted lesson for her, her friends, her family, and now you, the person reading this blog.
How you react to a situation, no matter what that situation may be, can very well determine the outcome. I chose to respond with love. Kindness. Appreciation. Expectation. Joy.
And in this specific example… we ALL won. Yay! 🙂
Be blessed as you rise above the turmoil to bring good back into this world. I will be cheering you on, every step of the way!