Right now it seems like everyone I know is in a rough situation. Every time I turn around someone I know is losing a job or knows someone who just lost a job. In this environment its easy to lose hope and feel the burden, the anxiety of wondering about the future.
Every once in a while though you see something or hear something that makes your heart swell and you nod to yourself and think 'There really are some good people in the world'.
I heard a news story a few weeks ago about a woman and her family who had lost her home to foreclosure. On the day that it went to auction, she went to the auction house to get her own closure on losing their home, to essentially wave goodbye as it was sold for rock bottom price.
A business woman at the auction looking for good deals somehow found out about the woman and purchased their home back at the auction for her, no questions, no strings attached.
The same thing happened when I used to watch Extreme Makeover Home Edition. I would see all of these volunteers and people who genuinely wanted to make a difference and help sometimes complete strangers.
Even in my own life I have had help from people who need never have noticed me. I'm a single parent and sometimes things are difficult. I dont know what I'd have done at times without the unselfish and amazing love from friends and complete strangers.
I remember when I first moved to TN I had only a couple dollars in my pocket and needed to get a gallon of milk at the gas station on the way home from work. My daughter was then 4 years old and begging for some candy and I honestly could not afford to get her a thing. The old man behind the counter heard me walking through the isles with her and telling her we couldn't get anything today and when we got to the counter he asked her what it was she wanted. I was silently pleading with him in my head to not encourage her because I really didn't have any more money. She pointed to some gummy worms and he took them off the shelf and handed them to her and said 'Here you go, these are on me'. I nearly burst into tears at such a small gesture of kindness that meant more to me than he knew.
What are the things that you've seen or heard that helped renew your faith in people?