I once worked on a door-to-door environmental campaign. That summer, a man living in the same building our office was situated in, who had been in the country just a few months, needed a job for beer money and the occasional meal. He saw a flier for open campaign positions and dropped by. On his first day, I trained him on canvassing. One woman we visited was busy and told us to come back later. I sent him on his way, to try talking to people alone, and went back to the woman's house. She signed up to support the campaign, then asked who the man was. I told her he was my trainee. "He loves you," she told me. "No, we just met today," I responded, a little confused. Seven years, one wedding, two wedding receptions and endless work visas later, we're married and blessing that God-awful summer job.
— <i>Lindsey Reiser, associate writer/producer at OWN</i>
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Of course it's nice when a kindhearted stranger returns the wallet you thought was stolen; and, of course, that makes your day. But occasionally, these acts of everyday kindness create some minor lifetime bonds. Maybe you accidentally drop your smartphone in front of a Vietnamese restaurant, and the busboy finds it and calls your dad. Not only did he pick it up, but he was thoughtful enough to find the phone number labeled "Dad." From that day on you patronize the restaurant as often as possible, discover a love of the delicious hot noodle soup called Pho and eventually plan your world travels based on your noodley revelation -- you see where I'm going here? Yet another reason to be kind, and to move always in the direction of kindness. You never know what new discoveries lie in wait.