You never know what people are going through in life; which is why one woman’s everyday act of kindness struck a real nerve on Twitter
“Be kind to strangers” is the sort of thing your mum drills into you growing up.
Not just because it’s a Nice Thing To Do, but also because you don’t know what others are going through.
People have bad days - personal struggles, break-ups, bereavements - all the time and we simply don’t know it.
You can’t tell anything at surface level, so it’s better to give those around you the benefit of the doubt.
This approach extends to random acts of kindness too, and is the reason why an everyday gesture went viral recently.
When Mackenzie Mauller brought the woman in the queue behind her a coffee earlier this month, she didn’t think much of it.
But it turned out that the two women lived close to each other in Uniontown, Ohio - and Mauller later received a note through her mailbox:
“The last couple of months have been a bit of a struggle,” the recipient, later revealed to be a woman called Nicole, wrote.
“My father just passed away and he was also my babysitter. My family and my children have had a really hard time… what you did for me was more than just a coffee. It was something that has turned my whole day around.”
Mauller’s act of kindness may have been small but it made a huge difference to someone battling away with problems of her own.
And when the 19-year-old student shared her story on Twitter, it immediately struck a chord, clocking up over 70,000 likes in a matter of days.
So sweet, so thoughtful. Isn’t it amazing how the slightest act of kindness can make a huge difference in someone’s day?— @BlondeKarin (@BlondeKarin) August 8, 2018
Maybe let’s all do that tomorrow. Not for a ‘thank you note’ (but also so sweet), but because we should.
Thanks for the example, @mackey2399 ☺️!!
OMG! This brought tears to my eyes! Incredible how a small act of kindness can have such a big impact on someone else. Be kind you never know what someone else is going through 👍— Brenda Murphy Jollymore (@BrendaJollymor1) August 8, 2018
Few times a year I try to do the same. I pay for the person behind me. It’s a good feeling and you never know who you’re helping out. You are an awesome person. ❤️— Sj Ok (@SjLegendLV) August 8, 2018
I am in Oregon and someone is peeling onions! 😂😍 so sweet!— Coastally WOKE (@Abigail_in_1692) August 12, 2018
From Malaysia, halfway around the world, know that your act of kindness has given thousands of people a special-kind-of-heart-warming effect.— Indra (@ardnie) August 9, 2018
Thank you for doing it. You’re amazing person.
This is wonderful. You never know how much something so small can mean to a person. Thank you for illustrating another example that good people are still around, when we hear so much negative day in and day out🤘🤘— KatieM🌊 (@KatieMurph24) August 8, 2018
The woman who wrote the letter later joined the thread, too - and it turns out, she and Mauller have been chatting more in the days since their encounter.
THANK YOU FOR THE COFFEE, FINDING ME (SINCE WE'RE NEIGHBORS) TO THANK ME FOR WRITING YOU A CARD AND OFFERING TO BABYSIT ON TOP OF EVERYTHING ELSE TO HELP ME OUT. YOU TRULY ARE THE SWEETEST AND A WONDERFUL PERSON WHO DESERVES THE RECOGNITION!!— nicoleclawson (@nicoleclawson12) August 10, 2018
“By the way, my children have been aware and apart of all of this since the beginning,” Nicole writes.
“This has been such a great learning opportunity for them, on how to treat others, no matter what. They are excited to pay it forward, and treat others with kindness and selflessness.”
As for the Good Samaritan herself, Mauller says she was “shocked” to get the note.
“I didn’t think a small cup of coffee would impact her day that much, but I’m glad it did!” she says.