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Be Kind Mission day Nineteen!

It was Palm Sunday, and I desperately wanted to be at church, but had to work for a living. The day ahead would be a twelve hour one. Showers and thunder storms were predicted for the delightful day.
She boarded the aircraft in a delightful mood, and sat on the front row. We chatted about the wedding she had attended the eve prior. She told me all about the wine, dancing and food.
Through the entire flight, she was a delight to laugh with! Then suddenly, out of nowhere, she grabs the barf bag.
It was easy to be kind to her when she was fun-loving and clean. Once the bags came out, I knew it was trouble.
She said, “I never get sick, I drank too much last night.” She filled up four bags.
The trick of it was that I had to sit in my jump seat, it was right before landing! I was completely horrified. I could not reach any paper towels, or anything. I handed her something to drink, because I could reach the beverages from my jump seat.
Upon landing, and once we got off the active run way, I got up and gave her some wet paper towels, and some wet ones to clean herself. She had stuff all over her face, and did not have any napkins. I couldn’t believe my eyes. It was definitely hard to maintain my kindness and composure. I learned that it is easy to be kind to people when they are fun-loving, and harder to be kind and maintain peace when a passenger is throwing up.
When she got off the aircraft she told the pilot I did a great job. There was another pilot on the aircraft who also told me I did a great job.
After the ordeal was over, my pilot brought me a chicken salad sandwich. I didn’t eat that for a while!
What would Mother Teresa do?
“If you look at the cross, you will see His head lowered to kiss you. You will see His arms stretched out to embrace you, you will see His heart open to welcome you.”
Mother Teresa would be kind to this woman whether she was healthy or sick, and so would Jesus.
How appropriate this would all happen on Palm Sunday!


Be Kind Mission Day Eighteen

It was a beautiful Saturday. Spring had definitely arrived. The birds were singing a tune to die for, and I really didn't want to leave my husband. However, reality set in at about 1:30 pm, and it was time to head for the airport.

I was on 'hot ready reserve.' This means I had to be hot and ready to be called at any moment to hop on a air plane and fly.

Minutes turned into hours, and before I knew it, it was 9:00 pm and I had not been called.

I was getting aggravated.  The beautiful spring day, had turned into doom, gloom and dark clouds. It was lightning and thundering outside, and flights were cancelled and delayed. I listened to loud crying babies, frustrated parents, and angry passengers complain. Suddenly, the fire alarm at the airport went off and disturbed the loud complaining all around me!

I decided to leave the spot I had taken over, and stroll through the airport to a new place.

I walked passed several gates, up several elevators, and ended up in a lovely part of the airport where a wonderful sound came from around the corner. As I came around the loud corner, the sound of a piano filled the air.

'Ah, my dream...to learn to play the piano!' I've longed to be able to read notes since my grandmother played. My husband bought me a keyboard, and all the tools to play, and I've yet to discipline myself to learn.

As she played, I was drawn to the mesmerizing sound.

I just had to sit and listen, and I did.

I then remembered my promise to myself that any tips I got, I would give away. I had been given an 8.00 tip the other day on the airplane, and knew I had to drop it in her jar.

I did, I, with a song in my heart, tipped her 8.00. She was ecstatic!

I smiled to myself knowing the old saying comes true, "You reap, what you sow." Maybe, just maybe, one day I'll be her, playing at an airport somewhere, somehow, someway.

A beautiful spring like day, that had turned to gloom and doom, ended with a song in my heart. All because of a change in my step, and kindness in my heart.

What would Mother Teresa do?

"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness: kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile."
Mother Teresa