Mowing, Bracelets & Kindness

My husband has been mowing the elderly lady’s lawn next door since we moved in because she has a hard time walking. He’s never been asked to do this, but he does it each time he mows our yard. He’s just really kind and knows it’s the right thing to do.

Several months ago, Dean was out mowing and the sweet lady came outside to hand him an envelope. She said something about how much she appreciated him doing this for her and that it hasn’t gone unnoticed. After refusing, she insisted he take the envelope and said, “do something nice for your wife with this.”

When Dean finished and came inside, he opened in the envelope to find $100. We were both shocked!

The envelope sat in our living room for a few weeks and I figured we’d use the money to go on a few dinner dates (which would have been perfectly fine with me).

Eventually, I had forgotten about the envelope. But Dean hadn’t! One afternoon went to a local store that sells Kendra Scott and picked out a bracelet for me. He brought me lunch that day and put the box at the bottom of the food bag (very classic Dean move), so I found it when I pulled out my sandwich.

If you know me at all, you know that I cried when I opened it. I was so surprised by his kindness that I didn’t even know what to say.

My favorite part about this story is the domino effect of kindness that occurred.

Y’all, kindness inspires kindness. When we’re genuinely kind to someone, it’s inspiring to another. When the first act of kindness happens, another typically follows. And then another. Then another. And it’s beautiful to see and fun to be part of!

Kindness is powerful and forceful and inspiring and life-changing. Kindness makes you laugh and cry and feel all the feels. Kindness makes you all warm inside when you see it with your own eyes or give it away to someone you love dearly or just met at a party. Kindness never goes out of style. It takes thought and intention and planning (sometimes). But when it’s done right and often, kindness is magical.

xoxo, Julie

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