When was the last time you were the recipient of a random act of kindness? In our ever-busy lives we often forget to say hi or help our neighbour. I must say that being from the city and all of the hustle and bustle, my time on the Coast is precious. I grew up in Powell River but had to relocate to the mainland as a child when my father broke his back in a logging truck accident. My heart stayed on the Coast. I have returned but only as a weekend, holiday resident. I have often felt like an outsider, especially during this pandemic.
Yesterday I was brought back to yesteryears. I went through the Tim’s drive-through in Sechelt to get a coffee and sneak a few Timbits. I had just picked up my furry friend from the vet and a needed surgery. I was stressed and worried about my drive home, night to come. When I went to pay, I was told the person ahead of me had paid for my order. Wow! How nice and kind. I wanted to say thanks but all I could see on the truck was Paul’s Chimney Service.
I thank you for making my day brighter. My dog is recovering and my heart is full of thankfulness just for the gesture of kindness. I will pay it forward when the chance presents. I always felt like the best people – really, my people – live on the Coast and now I have proof. I hope kindness never goes out of style. This is how I was raised but I have not seen it often enough. Always remember, everyone is going through something and you have the power to brighten their day!
Marie Takacs, Garden Bay