Nick- Mount Dora, FL
In my working experience, I have spent some time in a call center environment, speaking with around 40-50 people on a daily basis. Many of these conversations ended up getting way off topic because some people are just extremely social. About one year ago, I spoke with an older gentleman around the holiday season. For some reason, we got on the topic of computers and laptops as he was browsing through on various websites. We discussed certain features and benefits and he mentioned that he was buying two laptops for his neighbor’s kids. A bit taken back, I asked why he was buying such an extravagant gift for his neighbor’s children. He then took a deep breath and explained to me that he had cancer a few years ago and went through many rounds of chemotherapy. He explained that these sessions took a big toll on his body and he looked the worst he had his whole life. He said that during that time, his neighbor’s kids would come over and play with him and even though his appearance had rapidly deteriorated, the kids never looked at him any differently. He owed them everything for that.
It was truly a humbling experience listening to him and reminded me what Christmas is all about. These kids had given this man something that was absolutely priceless and helped him get through the toughest situation of his life. This was one of the first times I really sat back and realized the kind of power we have to impact someone’s life. There was nothing physical you could have given this man during that time period that would have come close to the kind of gift that his neighbor’s children had provided.
This story is reason I believe in Wired to Love. These kids didn’t consciously know what kind of love they were showing but it’s what we are built to do. I believe it is why we get a bit of a high when we positively impact someone’s’ day or perform a selfless act of kindness. It doesn’t have to be the holiday season to give priceless gifts to those around us!