Very often in the daily grind of our lives, we have a tendency to focus on all the annoyances–rude drivers who don’t give way, poor service at service counters, neighbors with unshoveled sidewalks. It is almost as if we are hardwired to focus on the negative rather than the positive aspects of life.

I want to share with the readers a wonderful act of kindness that almost went unappreciated by me. My family and I had just returned home after a long weekend, and I received a message about finding a cellphone in front of Whittier School. The woman who left the message mentioned that her 10-year-old daughter, Samantha, had spotted the phone lying on the snow-covered sidewalk while in the car driven by her mom, Liz Guerrero.

It turns out that the phone belonged to my teenage son, and my son, being a teenager, was not even aware that his cellphone was missing. I called back and offered to pick up the phone at her convenience. However, Liz said not to worry and she will drop it off. Within minutes, Liz had pulled in front of my house and handed me the phone. I made a mental note to thank Samantha and show my appreciation. As days passed, the mental note got filed way and an act of kindness almost gone and forgotten.

However, this incident was not completely forgotten. I want to express my heartfelt thank you to Samantha and her mom, Liz. I want to tell them that people like them make this world a better place. As I share this story with Wednesday Journal readers, I challenge them to thank and appreciate the Samanthas in their lives and not to let such acts of kindness go unacknowledged and unappreciated.

Anjali Chaudhry
Oak Park

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