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The Friendly Skies
What would you do if you boarded a plane to discover that you’re seated next to a frazzled mom and two screaming toddlers? For most of us, we would breathe a deep sigh of annoyance and quickly search for an empty seat as far away as possible.

But when Todd Walker of Lenexa, Kansas, found himself in that position, he focused on how he could help. He reached for Jessica Rudeen’s baby and held 4-month-old Alexander while Jessica buckled her daughter’s seatbelt and soothed her fears about flying. Then he handed Alexander back to mom and made friends with Caroline. Shortly, the two were coloring in the 3-year-old’s coloring book and watching a movie together.

The remainder of the flight was calm, quiet, and enjoyable for all. When Walker and Rudeen realized they had the same connecting flight, he helped her gather her stroller and carry-ons and led them to the next gate. There, he arranged to change seats to sit next to his new friends on the flight to Wilmington.

“It was a huge blessing to be able to accept that help, and to even be offered that help,” Rudeen said. “Todd showed me kindness and compassion that I’ve never known from another person.”

Walker recalled his wife having had a similar travel experience when his kids were little. He downplayed his actions, saying helping someone is easier than we think: “If you think you can, or if they certainly ask you for it, step up and help them. You know, it doesn’t cost you anything to step up and give them a hand,” Walker said.

To Jessica Rudeen and her kids, it was a gift beyond measure.

Read the full story here.

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The Power of a Yellow Sticky Note

“No act of kindness is too small. The gift of kindness may start as a small ripple that over time can turn into a tidal wave affecting the lives of many.” (Kevin Heath)

I was grumpy Monday. I was grumpy and depressed—deeply discouraged by the state of the world, the direction my country is taking, and the incivilities that have become so frequent and commonplace. I was feeling helpless to make any difference toward positive change and also overwhelmed by other things that are happening in my life. It wasn’t a great day.

In the mid-afternoon mail, I received a small envelope from my book publicist’s office. I had requested a supply of her business cards to include when I mailed information out to possible reviewers or others expressing interest in seeing advance copies of A Year of Living Kindly. Ben, the individual who mailed the cards to me, took the time to dash off a short message on a post-it, saying, “Donna, I just wanted to let you know that your book was incredible and inspiring! Thank you for that. ~Ben”

That tiny note changed my day. Suddenly, I felt hopeful. I felt connection. I was touched by Ben’s words. And I was also aware that he could just as easily have mailed me the cards without taking the time to include a note. I would never have known the difference.

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