posted on Jan, 22 2014 @ 11:35 AM
This isn't exactly a "Random Act of Kindness" - but maybe my sudden and forced adjustment in perspective might be a lesson for someone.
About six months ago, I and everyone in my business unit, received an invitation to a conference call - nothing unusual there, that was pretty much a
weekly event. On the call, a management-type succinctly told us that a business decision had been made, that our product lines were to be terminated,
and that we should expect a call from our supervisors to discuss our futures. Then "click", dial-tone. Well, a half-hour later, I was informed I
had the same "future" as everyone else - we were all laid-off, as of that day. Later that day, FedEx delivered paperwork to my home - and it
wasn't a reprieve from the governor.
After working continuously for 32 years, that was it, I was unemployed, my health insurance was cancelled, just booted out the door.
Later that day, I went to the grocery store for some things, and I saw the local church doing a "grocery drive" for the needy. I immediately
filled my cart up with food, paid for it, and loaded it all in their collection basket. The lady looked amazed, and thanked me profusely. Had she
asked me "why", (she didn't), I would have answered:
"I was just laid-off. And for the first time in a long time, I remember what it's like to be afraid - afraid that you might not be able to take
care of your family. It's an awful feeling, and I hope in some small way I can help someone cope with that fear."
I never did that when I was safely employed - I might drop an item or two in - but this was the first time I'd really gone out of my way.
Point being, don't wait until something bad happens to you before you appreciate how good you had it - and remember those who've had bad things
happen to them.