Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A Gift of Sight, a Ripple of Kindness...

A mom takes her eighteen month old foster child to have an eye exam.  The doctor comments that his vision is poor, but decides not to write a prescription for eyeglasses. The mom leaves the office with an unshakable sense that her foster child has been treated like a "second class citizen."  

While at another child's pediatrician, she recounts what happened with the eye doctor and the pediatrician agrees that she should receive a prescription if it is warranted.   

With persistence, this mom finally receives the prescription and takes it to be filled. This is when she learns that it is in fact a strong prescription, costly, but necessary to preserve the child's eyesight. 

Disheartened, she shares how the eye doctor had been reluctant to write a prescription.  Did this doctor assume she would not have the prescription filled because it was for a foster child?  No one can know for sure exactly what he was thinking.

However, the optician decides to perform an act of kindness, giving the gift of sight without charge. In this mom's words, "It felt like a hug from above."  Through this kind soul, God/Love/The Universe corrected an apparent wrong?

This mom also had the opportunity to spread this ripple of kindness, volunteering to bring meals to others in need.  Her GPS was being "finnicky,"  allowing her to only get to one address this particular day. But, as she found, she ended up exactly where she needed to be.  A family with a sick child requested that she pray with them.  She was happy to do so.

"Do not underestimate a moment of your kindness.  It has the power to change lives in ways you may never know."

--Anna Taylor

Love and blessings,

Kathleen O'Malley

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