Kind encounters.

Something really lovely and random happened today.

It was along this stretch of the beach.

BeachI was doing my usual beachcombing, looking gently for bits of seaglass and heart-shaped rocks. I was aware of other people on the beach, passing by from time to time, but it seemed we were each in our own space of contemplation.

In a departure from my usual habits, I picked up a small black pebble with a lime green stripe. As I admired it in my palm, a thought went through my mind: Perhaps I will start to collect rocks with stripes.

At that moment, I heard a voice behind me. I turned around and saw a young woman smiling brightly at me. She said with so much sincerity:

“I meant to say hi to you when I walked past. I don’t know why I didn’t. So, I turned around and came back. Hi.”

Is that not the loveliest thing a stranger could say (and do)?

We have all had the experience of walking past someone, for some reason holding our words inside. Wanting to be courteous or kind, but also not wanting to interfere or disturb. Feeling an instinctive desire to help, or open a door, or pick up a dropped item, but missing the immediate moment to assist. Ultimately, not acting on our impulse to connect with a stranger, regretting afterwards that something held us back.

This young lady recognized this and reclaimed the moment.

I smiled, and spontaneously extended my hand and said the one thing that came to me, in that moment. Before the moment got away.

“Here is a pebble with a green stripe to go with your sweater.”

 

5 thoughts on “Kind encounters.

  1. Steve Hedetniemi April 16, 2015 / 6:29 am

    This is quite beautiful. It tells us to offer the same kindness to others, for in offering blessings to others, we receive them as well.

    • Karin Hedetniemi May 5, 2015 / 10:31 pm

      If you want more love in your life, give it away … simple equation, really 😊

  2. susurrus May 19, 2015 / 2:05 am

    What a lovely story – it somehow made me think that’s what blogging’s all about. Saying ‘hi’ and passing along a snippet of treasure.

  3. stephpep56 July 14, 2015 / 2:14 pm

    a warm smile, a friendly greeting, thats all that is needed for world peace. but don’t wait for the other to instigate it ………….lovely spontaneous moment in your life to treasure Karin. I am a stone collector too. 🙂

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