Choking Back Tears at Fred Meyer?

pushing a shopping cart

Doesn’t feel like there’s much we can do these days against the tidal wave of anger and senseless violence that keeps crashing all around us. Anguish seems to be everywhere! Pushing my grocery cart past the seasonal clearance aisle on my way to the fruit and veggies, I caught myself just before breaking down. Sobbing seems the only reasonable response, right?

Suddenly, it felt like the most important thing in the world to reach that shredded cheese package for a lady in the wheel chair, and to tell her that it was my pleasure to do so.

I said hello to the young cashier, and was truly glad to learn that he didn’t have to work over the Fourth of July holiday and had fun with family and friends.

I decided to make my husband happy by getting the car fueled up and ready for whatever we might do on Saturday, instead of making him do it in the morning.

I bought two more potted plants to decorate my patio, because the world might be going crazy, but flowers are still beautiful!

I even waited for the car that was backing out of the parking lot space, even though they had stopped and looked like they expected me to go around them.

Call me crazy, but when we can’t do anything about the “big things,” doing every “little” thing I could do made me feel a tiny bit better. Not save the world better, but better.

Perhaps little bits of kindness can spread and produce a tidal wave of its own. Are you with me?

 . . . make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.



2 Peter 1:7.

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About Sonja Anderson

I write novels and short stories for children, and occasionally a book or article for adults, too. I grew up in Ohio, and I have lived in Chicago, Connecticut, Boston, Tokyo, and Seattle. The beautiful Pacific Northwest inspires me every day.
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5 Responses to Choking Back Tears at Fred Meyer?

  1. Marianne Memoirs says:

    I am 101% behind you. Why? I am one that holds strongly to – ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ – Luke 6:31 and I do each of those on your list when ever I can. What I love to do is also, when I park at the store, and see someone emptying a cart at their car, I’ll go get their cart when she’s done and take it back them. That surprised smile they make makes my day 🙂 – Great topic Sonja.

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  2. Lovely post, Sonja. 🙂


  3. Debbie Austin says:

    Thank you for these encouraging words today, Sonja. I’m right there with you, hanging on to acts of kindness, acts of hope. “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.”

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  4. Tim Wahlquist says:

    I love this story. If there was a lot more acts of kindness in this world I think we would be in a better place In our nation and world

    Have a great day!

    Elaine Wahlquist

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  5. vallypee says:

    Lovely, lovely post, Sonja! From the ripples of small acts of kindness can greater waves of love and charity form. It’s all we as individuals can really do, but it’s so important! Thanks for this!

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