“A poem is the very image of life expressed in its eternal truth.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

It Happened at the Mall


A clerk ran to get
the busy floor manager
so I could stay put.

A customer said,
my wife has bad knees as well.
Let me help you please.

Another mentioned
his many back surgeries
yet opened my door.

The smiling bagger
foretold one day I'd walk free.
He was sure of it.

They opened my heart
as I accepted kindness
I had not asked for.

None knew what ailed me,
only that I needed help
they gave joyfully.


Judy at Peace Be With You said...

The above actually happened to me last week at the mall when I showed up with my rollator. As going to the mall is a rare excursion for me, I was struggling, and others noticed. When they responded as they did above, it left me with such an amazing uplifting feeling that people want to be good, that they want to help. I've been floating on that feeling ever since. I ended up writing this poem which departed from my usual three-verse poems.

Muffie said...

I feel so grateful when I have this happen to me. It shows me that there are good people in this world, and for that I am joyful. Write as many verses as you need -- your happiness exudes from every line!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad to read this. Because of your experience. But also because I have been wondering much about this.I don`t have MS, but I am wondering if people who have really want help. Sometimes it is really hard to tell. What do you want us to do and be. It means so much to be able to give a helping hand. But how to do it in a good way? And if we ask it is sometimes har d to get an answere because the person don`t want to be a burden. But just know, there are many people out there who really care!! Thank you for writing!:)

Gail said...

Hi Judy - thank you for sharing of such kindness. It is so life-giving.
Love Gail

Robert Parker said...

Given what nonsense I've had to put up with managers at my last employer, being gifted by strangers with simple moments of kindness is... simply wonderful!

Karen said...

There are still many kinds souls left in the world.

Andaje said...

Amiled when I read this just now;
When in Amsterdam, the showers at Marina were on the second floor. While at the shower, my strength seem to wash out in the drain too and I panicked. I had walked up there alone and was now scared that my feet and legs wouldn't take me down the stairs again.
Sat down on a bench to rest, hoping to regain some power. A young girl passed me and asked if I was ok - saw the logo on my t-shirt and said: "My aunt has MS too, do you need a hand getting down the stairs?"
Usually I don't loose strength like that, but life on the boat was hard (and good)

Mary K. Mennenga said...

hearing about Acts of kindness in any form, brightens my day Thank so much for sharing.

Mary K. Mennenga said...

Thanks for sharing, always glad to hear about the power of random acts of kindness.

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

Muff, I love it when people show their good sides.

Anonymous, I am glad my comments were helpful. We, MSers, friends and family alike, are all working this out in real time. Thanks for reading my blog.

Gail, yes, kindness is so life-giving.

Robert, you are often my mentor in trying to find the good.

Karen, isn't it wonderful kind souls exist?

Ann, I'm glad it brought a smile. As for life on a boat being hard, I'll email you separately but the truth is I am in awe that you and any other MSer tried it.

Mary, the malls acts of kindness keep brightening my life as I recall them.