Crying Over Spilled Milk and the New Year

There’s no sense crying over spilled milk, unless you’re a bone tired mother grocery shopping on New Year’s Eve for her equally tired children. Kristin Sherman was that mother. She had finally made it to her car parked at the far end of the parking lot when her milk carton fell out and spilled. Ms. Sherman reports her children were strapped in the car and one of them was crying at that point. I’m betting she wanted to do the same thing!

Much to Ms. Sherman’s surprise, a woman who had been watching the ordeal approached her, offering to go inside the store and buy milk. The woman said she was a grandmother and understood how difficult it was. Ms. Sherman tried to decline, but the woman insisted.

When the kind stranger returned with the milk, Ms. Sherman tried to pay her, but the lady refused. The grandmother gave Ms. Sherman not one, but two gallons of milk, along with a gift card to the grocery store. Ms. Sherman says in her Facebook post, “I was feeling exhausted and defeated for the most part this week and this strangers random act of kindness made me cry like a baby.” She goes on to say, “Less hate, more love is my hope for 2017.” I am so for that!!!

It’s the littlest things in life that make such a huge difference. If 2016 didn’t turn out the way you hoped, you can hit the reset button for 2017. I know that the tick of the clock doesn’t necessarily change things, but it can be a mental reset if you allow it.

This year, not only am I going to continue trying to be kinder to others, I’m also going to be kinder to myself as well (something we forget to do as often as we forget to be nice to others). None of us are perfect, but being better to others and ourselves will certainly bring each of us greater happiness in the New Year.

The happiest of New Years to you.

Link to Ms. Sherman’s post

This entry was posted on January 2, 2017, in Musings.