You Never Really Know the Impact

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by susiestar, Jun 18, 2015.

  1. susiestar

    susiestar Roll With It

    of the things you do.

    Years ago J had a problem with a girl stealing her school supplies. After talking with Jess, who NEVER wanted anyone to get into trouble at school, I got each girl their own fancy looking school supplies. I put each girl's name on each thing, including on every single crayon.I gave the supply kit to the girl and told her that it was not a reward for being mean. it was hers because we wanted her to not need to take J's things and by taking it she was agreeing to stop taking J's things. It seemed to work at the time

    Jess ran into the girl a few weeks back. The girl said to tell me hi! and also said she still had, and treasured the supplies. I almost cried when Jess told me that those were the first things she ever had that were hers alone and were new and nice. They made her think that she was valuable, and worthwhile. it helped her not fall into the trap of high school parenthood, and to work to be the first in her family to go to college at a 4 yr college.

    I was astonished. so much impact from a simple school supply it that cost under $13 for 2 sets of matching items.

    Try to meet people with kindness first, while being firm where needed of course, because you have no idea what the impact will truly be.
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  2. SuZir

    SuZir Well-Known Member

    It never ceases to amaze me how powerful simple acts of kindness can be.
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  3. pasajes4

    pasajes4 Well-Known Member

    Thank you for the reminder that even the most insignificant (to us) kindness makes a difference.
  4. Calamity Jane

    Calamity Jane Well-Known Member

    Susie, you displayed both wisdom and kindness. I'm thrilled you were inspired to do that with the supplies, and that the girl has treasured them since. What an impact - just amazing. You rock!
  5. dstc_99

    dstc_99 Well-Known Member

    It is amazing how the little things can really make a difference.

    I bought a girl a pair of cheer shoes a few years back. She was so embarassed because she didn't have the right kind of shoes that she hid in the back at practices. After that she was a mini diva showing off her shoes in the front row and snapping the other kids to attention for practices. LOL While I know I will probably never run across the kiddo again I know that that little thing for me was huge for her.
  6. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    I didn't even BUY anyone anything today. I noticed a new co-worker, who was extremely shy, near tears on her phone trying to get a cab and saw her looking frustrated. Since I was sitting near her in the break room I heard her say something like, "Well..maybe my uncle can drive me home later..." She seemed really distraught. When she got off I asked her if she needed a ride home and she looked down and mumbled about how she can't get through to the cab company...she keeps getting I told her I'd drive her home and I did drive her. It turns out she is living at the woman's shelter in town so she must be running from some abusive relationship, poor kid. She thanked me over and over again and I turned down two dollars when she offered it to me.

    It was no big deal. I had to take Sonic shopping after work anyway, but I don't think this girl has been treated well by most people in her young life. It felt good to give her a ride and make her life a little bit easier today.

    Susie and dstc, very kind of you to help those girls!!!
  7. pasajes4

    pasajes4 Well-Known Member

    I love to hear things like this.
  8. Tanya M

    Tanya M Living with an attitude of gratitude Staff Member

    That is just so beautifully awesome!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing that with us.