Sunday Serenity: Kindness on Purpose


A few months ago while I was heading up the stairs to the train platform, I saw an older adult struggling with a small suitcase.  The stairs up to train platforms here in Chicago can be laborious, especially if you have anything in tow.

I caught up to her and said, “I’ll help you,” and carried the suitcase up the stairs.

Once we reached the top she gave me the biggest smile and said, “Thank you, happy day!” I smiled and said, “Happy Day to you too!”

I felt great and I’m sure she appreciated the little bit of assistance offered by a stranger. But what happened next was such a profound thing for me personally.  When I got on the train I let my mind wander, and I thought to myself, What is it that I’m supposed to be doing, anyway?  You know, big picture stuff.

The answer literally popped into my head as quickly as I asked the question:  “You’re doing it.” And I knew what that meant.  Helping others is what I’m supposed to be doing.


Well, fast-forward to a few weeks ago, when I was at the grocery store meandering my way through the produce section.  I looked at the gentleman in front of me.  He was using a cane and seemed to be struggling in making his way around the displays of fruits and vegetables.

“Hi sir,” I said.  “Can I help you find something?”

“Yes, can you tell me where the strawberries are?  I think they’ve moved.”

The man had very low-vision, and my volunteering with blind and low-vision folks sprung into action.

“The store has moved everything around,” I said. “I’ll help you find the strawberries.”

The man thanked me, and I helped him find the strawberries (and a couple of other items).  As I described the strawberry brands to the man, a fellow speaking VERY loudly into his cell phone was close by.  It really irritated me (as it always does when I hear someone having a personal conversation for all to hear).

Once the gentleman had his produce, I made sure he didn’t need anything else, and then continued with my shopping.  Wouldn’t you know it, the loud cell phone guy approached me.

“Is he going to be okay walking around the store?” he asked me.

“Yes, I think he’ll be fine once he gets used to the new layout,” was my reply.

The man then said, “I was helping him about 5 minutes before you were.  It was a very nice thing you did.”

A bit stunned by his comment I said, “Thank you, and the same to you for helping him.”

Once again I went about my shopping when the cell phone guy approached me yet again.

“Do you ever wonder what we are supposed to be doing?” I could feel my heart racing, recognizing those words from the day I helped the woman with her suitcase.

“Yes,” I managed to say, “I do.”

What he said next will be one of the greatest Universal signs I have ever received thus far:  “You’re doing it, and helping that man shows it.”

I nodded and said, “Yes, you are right; thank you.”

There is a saying about being careful that you treat everyone with kindness, for arch-thieves and scoundrels might just be our teachers in disguise.  And in this case, a VERY loud cell-phone guy in the produce section of a grocery store.

Keep the kindness going.  It’s what we are supposed to do.


  27 comments for “Sunday Serenity: Kindness on Purpose

  1. December 1, 2019 at 10:14 am

    So amazing Cher! Kindness is the universal language. 😎

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    • December 1, 2019 at 10:26 am

      Thank you so much, John! I agree!! Cher xo


  2. December 1, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Loved reading about your amazing experience, Cher! This is a great reminder for us all.

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    • December 1, 2019 at 10:47 am

      Ah, thanks so much, Becky! That is really sweet of you to say! I appreciate it! Cher xo

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  3. December 1, 2019 at 10:51 am

    A lovely post, Cher and yes we should be kind I agree it also gives us a warm feeling a kind of lightness …Have a great week 🙂 x

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    • December 1, 2019 at 11:01 am

      Ah, thank you so much, Carol! It sure does, doesn’t it? And sometimes all it takes is just a few minutes to make a difference. Thank you my dear, and to you as well!! Cher xo

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  4. December 1, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Thank you for making a difference, dear Cher ❤
    You are right, we need to help others, when we see the need.

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    • December 1, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      Ah, bless! Why thank you so much, dear Irene! I do think it makes such a difference!! Cher xo

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  5. December 1, 2019 at 12:35 pm

    Wonderful post, Cher. I am at an age and health wise where acts of kindness really help. I am surprised that so many people actually go out of their way to help. And I love it when a youngster helps. Acts of kindness are what should make our world go round. Thanks for your reminding us.

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    • December 1, 2019 at 2:38 pm

      Hi Don! Thank you so much, kind sir! I cannot tell you how much your words mean to me. Yes, I do too! Sometimes living in such a large city such as Chicago makes me feel as if some people have forgotten that kindness matters. But whenever I see it or experience it, I always appreciate it! Thank YOU, dear Don!! Cher xo

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  6. December 1, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Wonderful stories, Char. You are helping inspire yet more kindness by sharing your experiences and insights. You’re doing it! 💜

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    • December 1, 2019 at 2:39 pm

      Ah, bless! Thank you so much, dear Carol! That makes me feel great and I’m so grateful for your kind and thoughtful words!! Blessings, Cher xo

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  7. December 1, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Cher, this gave me extreme goosebumps. Wow! Yes, that is all we need to know and all there is about: We are doing it. Thank you for sharing this, Cher. Have a lovely Sunday!

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    • December 1, 2019 at 2:55 pm

      Why thank you so much, dear Erika! That’s so thoughtful of you to say! And you as well my dear! Looking at the clock I suspect it is shortly before Monday there! Cher xo

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      • December 2, 2019 at 1:17 pm

        It may have been around 9 pm, I think… Not so bad… lol

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      • December 3, 2019 at 3:39 pm

        And here I was thinking ot was close to midnight! I need a map! LOL


      • December 4, 2019 at 7:48 am

        We are 7 hours apart😄

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      • December 4, 2019 at 9:06 am

        Now I will know if you are already into the next day or not! LOL Thank you, Erika! 😉 Cher xo

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      • December 4, 2019 at 9:37 am

        Haha, yes! It is a little confusing since we are all spread all over the planet… lol


  8. Denise
    December 1, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    Kill them with kindness. 🙂

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    • December 1, 2019 at 2:54 pm

      LOL Correct, Maman Williams! Merci beaucoup!! Cher xo


  9. December 1, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    Beautiful share, Cher! SHOWING KINDNESS–touches hearts and souls that nothing else can. Just what we all need to be doing! ❤ xoxoxo

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    • December 1, 2019 at 8:34 pm

      Thank you so much, dear Bette!! I really appreciate your kind words!! Cher xoxoxo

      Liked by 1 person

  10. December 1, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    What a wonderful story on this rainy dark day. I’ve always felt better about myself when I stop and take the time to help. Not doing so makes me feel like a crappy human being. Bless you.

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    • December 1, 2019 at 4:05 pm

      Ah, thanks so much, JT!! We’ve got a rainy dark day here too, which is why I was prompted to write this post today!! Bless you as well, JT; thank you!! Cher xo


  11. petespringerauthor
    December 1, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Pay it forward. Kindness leads to other acts of kindness besides making us feel good about ourselves. If there were more people who lived by these principles, the world would be a happier place. Thank you, Cher, for demonstrating it in action.

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    • December 2, 2019 at 8:57 am

      Why thank you so much, Pete! I really appreciate your KIND words!!! Cher xo

      Liked by 1 person

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