The first time I went to see the movie Seven Pounds was Christmas Eve. I was all alone and the movie was making me weep and depressed. I left the movie that evening half way through. Last night I finished the movie.
I will not ruin the movie for anyone, for I believe every person needs to watch this movie. It is slow at times, and quite sad, however, the premise is so powerful that if you watch the movie you will be moved to be do some sort of kind act to a stranger that will help all of man kind!
Do you know that everyone of us walking this beautiful planet has the capability to change someone's life for the better? You don't need millions of dollars, you only require a heart, a giving and compassionate heart. We are all here for a purpose. Some of us tap into that purpose earlier than others. While some never figure out why they are here and waste an entire lifetime on selfishness and narcissism. We are all here to learn lessons. One of the biggest lessons I have learned in life and taught my children is, we are not better than the next person, and a kind word and gesture go a long way.
I have a rule. I have to say something kind to someone everyday. The only rule to my rule is I have to mean what I say. I challenge you to find a stranger, or a loved one, and say something kind to that person. I want you to look at their face. I want you to realize how your word or words uplifted their spirit and mind for a moment. What you don't realize is that moment could turn into a day or a week. Or maybe that person will bring your kind word or words with them throughout their lifetime, retrieving your kindness from their memory bank when they need it the most.
Around Christmas time, I decided that I was going to give a hundred dollar bill to five strangers. I needed the person to really need the money, and not know where it came from. I wanted my gift to help someone realize they are not alone and there are angels walking this earth. I am not an angel, but I prayed to God to put people in front of me that could really use a hundred dollars, but more than that, I wanted a person that needed to know that they are loved and cared for.
The first person that received my gift was a man I didn't know. I met him through my son's fall baseball league. I went out to my son's baseball practice and watched. I rarely watch practices. I saw a man interacting with his son in the most tender of ways. I realized the boy didn't have baseball cleats. The father was such a loving man and so attentive to his son that I asked the coach about this man and his son. It turns out the mother left them. They were surviving on their own with very little money, but they had each other.
After practice I approached the man and told him what joy he brought to my heart. I let him know that his love for his son shines through his soul and I thanked him for the gift he gave me. I gave him a copy of my book, and told him he is a strong and wonderful human being.
The next practice he walked up to me with tears in his eyes. He told me his mother died two years ago. He had never been able to bring himself to visit her grave. He grieved for her with deep saddness. He said that after he read my book, he went to her grave and wept. He thanked me for my words and my kindness. I cried, and thanked God for the gift I had been given. The exchange of words and kindness between myself and this stranger brought pure joy to my heart.
A month later I decided he needed my one hundred dollar bill. I gave it to the coach of the boys team. I told the coach to deliver this envelope to this man and just tell him it is a gift from God. The coach got tears in his eyes and asked me why he couldn't tell him it was from me. I told him, it will not have as much meaning and he will look at it as charity. My goal is to give this man and his son faith and hope in the unknown. For with faith and hope they will blast through their barriers. I needed this man to know he will make it and God is with him.
The season was over and I have never seen this man again. My son Jax saw them. This man's son told my son that his dad brought him to Sport's Authority and bought him some new baseball cleats. I am crying as I write this, for I can imagine how proud that man was when he was helping his son find his size, put those cleats on and give his son a gift that he never thought he would be able to give him.
The other four recipients of my one hundred dollar bill were just as satisfying to my soul! Give a gift to strangers, and reap the benefits ten fold!
Causes Heather Hogan Supports
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Breast Cancer Awareness