Christmas Miracles - TWO Christmas Miracles in 24 hours!! (long blog but HEARTWARMING!!)
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Ok, I just can't help myself...this story needs to be shared.
So if you watch my YouTube channel or know even the most minor thing about me, you know that 2012 has not been the BEST year for me and my fiance. I was laid off my job I'd had for 9+ years in March/April and am still looking for full-time employment.
I am currently working part-time and picking up temp jobs to try and supplement my EI (unemployment insurance in Canada) and have been busting my butt for the past two weeks so that we could have some extra money to be able to buy gifts for family and friends and a little something for each other.
Well, FRIDAY - FI found out that he was short-paid by like $100 from his employer and on top of that, I found out that I had worked 2 HOURS more than I'm allowed to in order to still receive my benefit (reduced by 50% of the wages I earn) so I lost $300 that I was counting on to get through the holidays. So four days before Christmas, we've lost $400 through no fault of our own. So I vented a bit on Facebook about it because I live in a city where I have no friends and Facebook is how I communicate with all my family and friends in other places.
Friday night - I'm in my hometown visiting one of my best friends and I get a Facebook message from an old friend of mine. I haven't seen her in 10 years but she has watched my weight loss progress from day one and always sends me the nicest messages encouraging and congratulating me. We were never SUPER tight but we were drinking buddies back in the day and former co-workers and we creep each other on FB frequently (LOL). So she (having read me indicating that my solution to our Xmas problem was simply to hold off on paying our hydro bill for a few weeks) tells me that she wants to pay our hydro bill for us. That she's been watching Ellen while caring for her infant at home and crying while Ellen does nice things for people who have been through tragic circumstances and she thought that it shouldn't always only happen to people who endure tragedy. That sometimes it should just happen to someone who works hard and is nice and always tries to do the right thing...and that she felt that I deserved to catch a break this year. So she paid our hydro bill for the month.
That would have been enough of a Christmas miracle to stay with me the rest of my life. But it doesn't stop here...
Less than SIX HOURS after she paid my hydro bill, I get an email from another friend on FB. We went to high school together and ran with the same crowd but really only got to "know" each other through Facebook years and years later. He is very smart and wordly and has taught me a lot about world politics and not being afraid to speak your mind and stand up for what is right and I truly admire him. We haven't seen each other in person for at least 15 years. He messages me on FB and asks for my email address, which I happily provide. I get an email notification from PayPal...he sent me $100. No explanation - just "Merry Christmas and Happy New Year".
These two people do not know each other, have never met each other and certainly neither had any idea that someone else had done something like this for me already. Two different people, six hours apart, both of whom I only have electronic relationships with, took it upon themselves to go out of their way and do something kind for someone who had been through a really hard year.
PEOPLE!!! 12/21/12 - everyone talks about it like it was going to be the end of the world. I leave you with this thought...what if the world did end today? What if this is a new era and we CHANGED EVERYTHING simply by making active steps each day, each hour, each minute to be KINDER to each other? To hold the door for someone even if it takes you a few extra seconds to wait for them to get there? To smile at a stranger on the street and say "Hello!". To stop only worrying about our "own" family and start treating each other like we are ALL family. Can you imagine how much better things would be if everyone was just 5% nicer than they were the day before?
I have been forever changed by this experience...to know that miracles really do happen and the little guy DOES sometimes catch a break. This year I learned that the more good you put out into the world, the more good comes back to you...even if you don't ask for it or expect it. I hope all of you have a very Merry Christmas, a happy holidays and a WONDERFUL new year and I hope that you get to feel how awesome it feels to have a day like this at least once in your life!
(I bet it feels just as awesome to be the giver as the receiver....just sayin!)