03-05-12 Random Acts of Kindness

Recently I wrote this post for the MD Anderson Cancerwise site.  Thought I would share it with you.

Random Acts of Kindness

This morning as I was putting my grocery bags into my car, a gentleman walked up and commented about how skinny I was.  He then asked if I was OK.  I said I was fine, it was the stem cell transplant/chemo diet.  He was very kind and genuine wishing me the best.  I have never seen this man before.  Random act of kindness…..

On Halloween at Harrington Cancer Center (my local oncologist), a little girl came up to me and gave me her favorite piece of candy from her trick or treat bag!  Random act of kindness…..

In Houston, Wade and I were trying out a new Mexican restaurant for breakfast and there was only one other English speaking couple in there.  The woman came up to us and recommended what we should order, which turned out to be amazing!  By the end of our meal she had given me her business card and offered to help in any way we needed her to.  Random act of kindness…..

Receiving a beautiful, handmade prayer shawl and not knowing who made it for me!  And my mother-in-law’s brother, whom I have never met, giving me his wife’s scripture quilt (she had passed away from cancer).  Random acts of kindness…..

All of the cards, prayers, gifts, calls, food, and blog comments.  Random acts of kindness…..

One of my nurses, Mara, when I was in the hospital for my stem cell transplant, brought me a vase with silk flowers in my favorite color.  (We weren’t allowed to have any living plants or flowers in our rooms.)  And my friend Patti, also a nurse at MD Anderson, bring me a beautiful stained glass piece, a bouquet of pansies.  Random acts of kindness…..

But the most amazing, ultimate, random act of kindness is my donor who donated stem cells for my transplant, anonymously.  Wow!  I honestly can’t put into words how this makes me feel.  Thankful, grateful, loved, lucky, blessed, all of the words are just inadequate.  It is the ultimate random act of kindness to give of yourself to save a stranger’s life!  Thank you, Donor!  I love you!

I could keep going on with my personal experiences with random acts of kindness, but this morning’s incident made me think about what a huge difference it makes to those of us who have or who have had cancer.  It is so easy to let yourself get into a funk when you are sick, weak, and tired.  And to start feeling detached.  Those side effects don’t help either!  (Actually I pretty much love my skinny body, crazy fuzzy hair trying to come back, my prednisone cheeks, and those peach fuzz whiskers!)  What a difference a smile can make!  The small things can make a huge difference for us!  It can just lift you right up!  Don’t be shy, don’t be afraid!  Reach out!  It will warm your soul a thousand times over!

“The love you get is equal to the love you make”   Sir Paul McCartney

My cozy prayer shawl

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10 thoughts on “03-05-12 Random Acts of Kindness

  1. Monica Dunlap says:

    Beautiful acts of kindness for a very beautiful friend, inside and out. Love you sweet Holly.
    GOD’s Blessings,
    Minica

  2. Camille says:

    Holly

    You are such an inspiration. I pray for you several times a day. Love you, Camille

  3. Louis says:

    My dear sweet Holly !!! You never cease to amaze me.
    God bless you and I Love you. Daddy

  4. Mikie says:

    Don’t know about you but the prospect of spring lifts my spirits considerably! We are less that a month away from the first day of that exciting time of year. We’ve had such warm weather here that fruit trees are blooming and grass is bright green in places. Surely am looking forward to hearing that these side effects of yours are fading away with the last days of winter. Love you, Mikie

  5. Anonymous says:

    You are adorable!! Never, ever doubt that. Praying for you every night. Much love to you, Holly!!

  6. Kathy Roberts-Douglass says:

    Dearest Holly,
    GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR LIFE! I am slowly understanding the pain and suffering you have endured through your illness, yet, as your sweet Dad said, “You NEVER cease to Amaze me!” I love you and pray for your total recovery. Thank you for being an inspiration to me and so many others…….GOD SPEED everyday and yes, I believe Random Acts of Kindness is the only way to live……….Hugs/love klrd

  7. Monte says:

    I loved this lasst entry. How do we ever forget to do these kind, simple things? But we (I, anyway) do. Bless you for reminding us.
    Hope your week in Houston went/or goes well. I seem to have lost all track of time, moving from house to house does that to you! :) But, my thoughts are of you everyday whether I don’t know what day it is or not!! I’ll be glad to see you again, and I hope soon!!
    Love you so much, Monte

  8. Anonymous says:

    ya know what holly, i was the receiver of one of the random acts of kindness too. i was in need in the womens restroom with a severe nose bleed 3 women and only two assisted me…one that helped me spoke no english…we shouldnt judge..we need to remember we are all human beings. hope you are doing well and feeling good. rd

  9. janie bannner says:

    You never fail to amaze me, Holly. I enjoyed catching up on you via your blog since I haven’t gone there in a few months – ugh; I went and got way too busy. When are we going to “RUN INTO EACH OTHER” again
    at Walmart? Unbelievable that during Holy Week I found a few minutes for this (GOD GAVE IT!!) and I want to prayerfully wish you and Wade and the family a Blessed
    Joyfilled Easter. JESUS LIVES and SO WILL WE FOR ALL ETERNITY! With Him, In Him, through Him, I love you! Janie

    • hollyeasley says:

      Hi Janie! So good to hear from you! I think of you often and look for you when I ‘m shopping at Walmart! LOL! One of these days it will happen! I hope both you and Mark are doing great, be sure to wish Mark a Happy belated Birthday from me! I didn’t realize he and Wade share the same birthday. Wishing you a wonderful Easter! Love and hugs, Holly

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