Small gestures can make a huge difference to someone’s day. Usually compassionate actions towards strangers are generally gratefully accepted. Basically it’s nice to be nice, which can sometimes go a lot further than you think.
30 year old Texan girl Brooke Ochoa of Louise, Texas, walked into a restaurant for lunch when she spotted an elderly lady approaching. She waited to hold the door open for the women – an act which she considered to be polite.
Little did she realise, that a remark the lady would make just seconds later would spark a chain of events causing her to go viral…Brooke and the woman entered the restaurant at the same time, where Brooke overheard the lady ask for a “table for one”.
Once she realized the lady was set to dine alone, Brooke approached her and asked the woman: “I’m eating by myself too would you like to have lunch together?”
In good company the lady called Dolores, accepted Brooke’s offer, but she was positively delighted for the company. The two struck up an instant friendship, speaking at length during their meal.
Dolores revealed to Brooke that she’d been having a tough time of things of late.
Brooke wrote a post about their encounter on Facebook later that day,
“Come to find out, she spent the last decade living with her mom, who recently passed away, and her aunt, who recently was put into a nursing home.” She has been having a hard time being alone.”
She continued: “She just kept smiling and saying thank you for listening to me, which made me smile too! Her words healed my heart just as much as I healed her lonely one.”
Brooke and Dolores enjoyed their conversation so much that they agreed to have lunch together every Thursday from that point on.
This chance conversation is proof that the smallest gestures of goodwill can quite literally change a life.
Neither of these women knew that Dolores’ days on this Earth were numbered, but they found solace in each other, and that’s what counts.
Delores passed away soon thereafter this post.
In a later update, not long after their first meeting, Brooke revealed that Dolores had passed away, making the fact that she was able to brighten her life all the more special.
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