A Small Detail, 20 Years Ago

Posted by Jane Murray on May 18, 2020
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It has been such a privilege to learn from the many stories and insights that surface in our Laddership Circles each week.

A profound image that a member of our circle shared yesterday:

I was the receiver of a micro moment of kindness with major ripples in my early twenties…

I was at a point in my life when I was extremely low and, while I don’t think I would have acted on it, thoughts of ending my life had started to creep in. It was a dark time and I didn’t see a way out of the darkness. I was working in the front office of a government office and barely holding it together.

My boss came back from her lunch break and brought me a cookie with a big smile. It touched my heart on a day when any shred of kindness or love meant I was able to get through that day.

I do not even remember if I ate the cookie, that wasn’t the point. It was like someone lit a candle in a super dark room and it was enough light that now 20 years later I still remember it so clearly.

It made me reflect that we never, ever know what impact an act of kindness will have. The small details seems to be so vital to aliveness in every sense.

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Comments (3)

  • Gayathri Ramachandran wrote ...

    I loved reading this. Thanks for sharing. Reminds me of that KT video, the one that goes "People helped you, whether you knew it or not"

  • Agustin Olego wrote ...

    Thanks for sharing this with us! really inspiring!

  • Brinda Govindan wrote ...

    No act of kindnes
    s is too small---you never know how what you say or how you say it can impact someone--your smile and kindness could just be the branch they hang onto during a tough day. Thank you for sharing.