Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Inspiration Mondays on a Tuesday: Being the Shoulder

I just read an amazing story over at my blogbuddy's site. YarnKettle is the sort of person I've never met, and yet I feel like I know so well. And she's the kind of person I could get along with if she lived in my town.

She has two cats, and one of them, Gus, has had some medical problems recently. While at the vet, she overhears the conversation between another pet owner and a vet tech discussing the arrangements for another pet's ashes. It is a devastating discussion to have to have as a pet owner. And, all of a sudden, as the other pet owner is leaving, she is inspired to get up and follow her out.

And she offers this perfect stranger a hug.

And knowing that there are people out there like her is a real comfort. I am inspired to be the person who will offer a smile, a hand squeeze, or a hug to someone who needs it, even if it's someone I don't know.I know that not everyone would welcome it, but I think most people would be glad of the offer, even if they don't take me up on it.

I feel so relieved that, in this world of cynicism and people pretending to be clever with their cruel jokes and nasty talk, there are people out there who can just use their common humanity and use it to the best of their abilities.

Thanks, YarnKettle. We should have tea someday, you know?


YarnKettle said...

I have been thinking about becoming the person I really want to be and I had a bit of a battle within myself. I am introverted so a stranger hug is not high on my list. I was not half of a stranger hug though, I was half of a Mommy hug. Sometimes the best gift of giving grace and comfort is receiving grace and comfort.

Oh sister tea is so on! Can we use some of your vintage teacups? I will bring the tea, you bring the scones.

AdrieneJ said...

You got it! I'll even bring out my vintage cream pitcher!