How searching for my lost suitcase led me to kindness

kindness is like magic

Image created by Dr David R Hamilton

I left my suitcase on a train recently. Believe it or not, I was meditating as the train approached the station. The only thing I wasn’t mindful of was that my case was on the rack above me. 🙂

I only realised this when I arrived at my hotel about half an hour later. I returned to Waterloo station in London, where my train had arrived, and a young man named Abdullah was so incredibly kind and compassionate as he took me from staff member to staff member around the station. He was so helpful, and kind, and went the extra mile to do everything he could to help me. I didn’t get my case but, as strange as it might sound, it was worth it for the time spent witnessing the kindness and compassion of another human being.

I write and speak a lot about kindness and try to quietly do my little but here and there, but I suppose maybe I’d forgotten what it’s like to need the kindness of another person.

As we were parting company, I had an intuition to offer him a copy of my book, ‘The Little Book of Kindness’, which I had on me at the time, as some way as saying ‘Thank You’. He was so genuinely grateful and then HE thanked ME … for having been so gentle, calm and understanding throughout the time we’d been trying to find my case.

It was a lovely exchange. Two males not trying to be manly, but just allowing an honest and sincere interaction to take place and honestly expressing what they felt in the moment.

So I spent the afternoon buying clothes, toiletries, etc, to keep me going for the next few days while I was in London. That’s when I received more kindness. I mentioned to the shop assistant that the reason I was buying such a mixture of stuff was because I’d left my case on a train. To my complete surprise, she briefly looked around her, as if to check if the coast was clear, then she put my purchases through on a staff discount. It was a mark of empathy for the situation I found myself in and I was incredibly touched.

So it was an interesting day. Very much enjoyable on the human connection front. I’m really not that bothered about losing my clothes; they can be replaced. But connection is invaluable. Receiving kindness and connection made it all worthwhile.

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  1. Mary Llewellyn on June 20, 2019 at 10:24 am

    Today I read this truly inspiring message from Dr. David Hamilton regarding his wonderful experience. Make time to read this it will touch you and lift your heart & release kindness to others you meet. Sharing means many others will be touched by this message

  2. Alan Mitchell on June 21, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    I too am some times surprised with the kindness that is out there when I am not looking/expecting to find it .

  3. Tony Burgess on June 22, 2019 at 11:21 am

    Lovely story! Infused with kindness.

  4. Anne on June 25, 2019 at 6:26 am

    How lovely – A lovely read to start my morning and day ahead!

    I am taking in to work strawberries & cream to bring a smile to a colleague, and colleagues. As you say and practice David, every little act of kindness helps – BEKIND

  5. Amal on June 25, 2019 at 2:41 pm

    It was a reflection on your kind heart .

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