Extreme Kindness

Extreme Kindness

Power of One

Have you ever experienced a powerful act of kindness from a total stranger?

If you have then you will understand why this moment was when I first really took my destiny into my own hands. It was after severely injuring both my knees playing rugby and I was informed that I would most likely be in a wheel chair one day not too far off. I was 19 years old and encouraged to prepare myself for a lifetime of using a cane. The doctor who told me this was very experienced and intelligent. I had desperately wanted him to tell me what to do and how to fix my problem. Even with all his knowledge though, he did not have the answers. I fell into my first and last major depression. I felt helpless and alone. Until one day I stood on a downtown corner waiting for the light to change. I leaned on a cane that had been jokingly decorated with pink bows by friends and family, in a small attempt to cheer me. It didn’t help and so I stood hating my situation, my helplessness and inability to heal. Then a voice spoke behind me.

“Hey mister, nice cane”.
I turned around and stared down into the face of a young boy waiting behind me to cross the street. He was possibly somewhere between 9 to 12 years old. It was hard to say. He was smiling up at my baffled face. The light changed green and he left me standing alone again as he rolled across the street. He was in a wheel chair. I felt truly ashamed. I was so focused on what I could not do that I had neglected all the things that I could. From that moment on I began to decide my own fate. I visited as many Health Practitioners as would see me… From physiotherapy, Tai Chi, yoga, acupuncture, sports medicine to herbal tea, I tried everything you could imagine. I took and used the advice that worked and ignored what didn’t. I never had the surgery that was recommended and yet probably doomed to failed. Instead I found my own solutions and here I stand at 28 years of age. I just went surfing today. Perhaps I’ll climb a mountain tomorrow. None of this would have happened if it hadn’t been for a small act of kindness that took less then 5 seconds out of a stranger’s time.

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One Response to “Power of One”

  1. Erin Says:
    April 26th, 2006 at 4:54 pm

    Truly a touching story. It really makes me think about how I should be more grateful for what I have..

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