Sometimes things surprise us even more when we anticipate the same old routine instances we encounter in life.
So it was that on Wednesday evening, Sept. 11, 2013, Nick P. — he asked that his full name not be used — was pulling into the parking lot as he headed to an appointment at an office there, when he noticed a small note tucked beneath the blade of his right-side windshield wiper.
Typically, if we see paper stuck beneath a wiper blade, we mentally run down the list of possibilities, as Nick did:
No, it didn’t resemble one of those fliers fro real estate, dog walking or myriad fundraisers.
Nor did it turn out to be, as Nick wondered, “some kind of prank?”
As it so happened, it not end up being a nasty note from someone who thought he had parked too close, and no, it was not a note from someone with a conscience leaving a phone number and insurance information after bumping into the car.
The piece of paper was a handwritten note, adorned with a smiley face in one spot, a drawing of people hugging in another, and its sweet short message tugged at Nick’s heartstrings enough to make his eyes water.
“Dear Fellow Human...
This is another human telling you to have a FANTASTIC day! And even if it wasn't, you should still put a SMILE on your face!
Remember the people who LOVE you, and love them just the same!
Remember to be KIND, CARING and be YOURSELF!
I hope you had a Great Day!
and if it isn't, It'll get better!
“After reading this, tears welled up in my eyes,” Nick wrote in an email to Wheaton Patch, whose contents he gave Patch permission to use. “Someone, perhaps a young kid, actually took the time (and the courage) to reach out to a complete stranger to deliver this loving message. We strangers are normally NOT predisposed to do this.
Nick notes that he receives daily inspirational notes automatically sent to him by tut.com.
Then consider mass efforts by social media marketers to engage their Facebook and Twitter audiences with similar kinds of messages that, as well-intentioned as they may be, eventually become rather mundane and unnoticed, like furniture in a home that has not been rearranged in some time.
“So I found it especially touching and meaningful to get this ‘personal’ note from the Universe,” Nick wrote. “And while I had a good day, seeing this note made it even better. I shared it with the receptionist at the office, my wife, and co-workers ever since. This has actually kicked up my faith in people a couple of notches.”
Nick contacted Patch to find out if we thought it newsworthy. Do you know, sometimes random events of seemingly no consequence are newsworthy, if only because they do something to intrude on our lives, but in a really good way.
“... I at least wanted to pass this along for your consideration,” Nick wrote.
In a second email, he added, “As for me, I'm framing the original.”