People who give hundred dollar bills to strangers at Christmas always make the news. But it doesn't take big bills to make someone's day.
My friend Marija Sommer told of a recent kindness that brought her to tears. She'd stopped at a toll booth but was waved on by the worker, who said, "The person in the car ahead paid your toll and said to tell you to "have a blessed day." Two dollars, and a blessing.
While vacationing in Florida, I had an encounter with a local policeman. He pulled alongside as I walked through a supermarket parking lot and asked, "Where in West Virginia are you from?" He'd seen our license plate. We had a short talk about West Virginia and he asked if there was anything he could do for me, like provide maps or directions. I sure was proud of that West Virginian.
Marija's example happened in Florida, and her car has a Florida license plate, so her experience was not one of state connections, but I have to say I've experienced many small and major kindnesses from strangers in West Virginia, among them, being rescued twice when I ran out of gas. I never saw those people again but I love them still (while keeping a sharp eye on the gas gauge).
Unexpected kindness from a stranger creates a powerful, unusual feeling, like unbounded gratitude, or amazement. Pass it on, and have a blessed day!