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Small Mercies and Miracles: An Act of Kindness
By Myles V Saulibio
Posted: Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Last edited: Wednesday, July 18, 2007
This short story is rated "G" by the Author.

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The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated (William James)
I learned of a special story yesterday from my wife and Iíll share it with you.

The story was shared during a Sunday Mass sermon. You donít have to have religion to understand the impact.

Let me tell you a true story that just happened recently. Itís about a beauty salon owner who was surprised when one of his regular customers came in without an appointment to have her hair styled. She wasn't scheduled for a cut for another couple of weeks. He asked if she had some big plans that evening.
"Oh, No, not really" she said, "I don't have anything in particular going on. I just want to look especially good tonight."
So the hair stylist went to work. He gave the lady a nice long relaxing scalp massage, then shampooed and styled her hair. During their 30 minutes together the two talked and joked and laughed. When he had finished, the lady gave him a big smile, paid, and hugged him goodbye.
A few days later the salon owner received a note from the lady. She thanked him for the wonderful time she had had that afternoon. His kindness and the fun they shared had given her hope---enough hope to check herself into a hospital and seek professional help for her depression ó you see, instead of taking her own life, which she had been planning to do that same evening.
"Thank you for being there," she wrote, "without knowing that you were." The shared experience certainly shocked the hairdresser. He had known the woman for three years, yet he had no inkling she was in such distress. What if he had been distracted, or had rushed through the appointment? How many of the ten clients he saw each day were in similar crisis without his even being aware of it? He would never know.
He vowed from that point on to give extra care and attention to everyone he saw and do his best to make his or her day. The experience not only changed the woman's life but the salon owner's perspective, as well.
I am thankful for todayís small mercies and miracles. I may not expect much but I get disappointed when anything is less than my best. Maybe I should really expect nothing and be satisfied with the result.
Go ahead, pay if forward, and make a positive difference in someoneís life today.

Copyright © 2007 by Myles Saulibio All Rights Reserved


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Reviewed by Missy Cross 8/16/2007
Myles, me yet again, this is another piece that with your permission I'd like to send on... you've put out a big "pay it forward" by posting this! Missy
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/19/2007
Excellent story, Myles; very well done!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/19/2007
Go ahead, pay if forward, and make a positive difference in someoneís life today.

Sentiments we can all truly benefit from.

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