AND Be Thankful For The Unexpected

February 23rd, 2014

 Like most of the East Coast, my home was buried in snow recently. When I got home, after being away for two storms, I arrived to find inches of ice beneath a few more inches of snow.

The next morning the sun came out and I decided to try to shovel. Armed with shovel and ice chopper, I set about chopping as much ice on the drive as I could. I seem to be the only one on the street who uses an ice chopper. Most seem content to simply drive over the snow until it is relatively packed.

Anyway, as I stood in the road trying to remove the chunks of piled ice and snow from the end of the driveway, I noticed a truck from a neighboring town’s sewer service plowing a parking lot and access road to the sewage plant. I continued to chop and lift the ice on my driveway.

The man in the truck drove up the street from where he was plowing, rolled down his window, and asked if he might remove the heavy ice and snow from the end of my driveway. Wow! He actually left the job he was doing to help me.

I don’t know who he was. All I know is that a kind stranger lent a hand at a time when I never expected the help. AND I was filled with gratitude for the help.

Sometimes we have expectations of people and then find ourselves disappointed because they didn’t act or respond as we had expected. I wonder how much more fun life would be if we expected nothing and allowed ourselves to simply be delighted whenever someone, anyone, shows a kindness?

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