Writing prompts can be a blogger’s best friend: when inspiration is low and fresh ideas few, responding to someone else’s question can do get you out of a slump. There’s no need to treat them as requirement, though; prompts work best when you personalize them to fit your interests and perspective.
Today’s assignment: publish a post based on your own, personalized take on a blogging prompt.
Even though I have seen these blogging prompts, I never had the desire to participate in them because I can’t write on command. I am not that good. When I write is because I have been inspired in some way.
I admit I wasn’t very hopeful but when I went to their page, I found this.
The Kindness of Strangers
When was the last time a stranger did something particularly kind, generous, or selfless for you? Tell us what happened!
When I read this, it instantly took me back to a few years ago…
First, I want to share this video.
I know this is just a commercial but it’s beautiful and I like to think that these kinds of things can happen to some people in real life and that people are able to give without expectations.
Anyway, this video reminded of how about a year or so I experienced someone giving for just the sake of giving. That was a first for me.
We had lunch at a lovely restaurant that overlooked the ocean. It was a nice time and nothing extraordinary happened, just two people having lunch together enjoying each other’s company with lots of laughs.
When it was time to pay the bill, the waitress simply smiled at us and said it was all handled.
“What do you mean?” I asked.
Her smile grew wider and said a customer paid for our lunch as she handed us the receipt.
Now it was my turn to be shocked. Across the receipt, it was written paid in full by another patron’.
I was quite perplexed and I am sure it showed. I just didn’t understand why a complete stranger or strangers would do this for us. Believe me we aren’t anything special.
“Who did this and why?” I asked her as I started to survey the restaurant to see if I saw anyone that looked responsible….
She simply replied that they didn’t want to be known.
She smiled at us told us to enjoy this act of kindness and left.
End of story.
Funny thing is that this isn’t a story or a commercial it is real life and it happened to two regular people. It left a great impression on us and we talked about it until he dropped me home.
Truly one a great reminder on how some people can be generous. Makes you feel good for humanity.
Several months later, I “paid it forward”. It wasn’t planned but when I was at a Starbucks I just suddenly felt the need to buy whoever was behind me their cup of coffee or tea. I have to point out that I that time there was no one behind me. I gave barista 6 bucks, told her what I was planning, and told her if there was any change for her to put it in their tip jar.
What happened next is for another blog post but it turned out better than I could have expected but you know what? It felt good.
Writing all of this down is making me want to do it again… 🙂