Motivation Monday's

Life Vest Inside has had the very good fortune of finding writers willing to share their Kindness Stories with us. One of our special recurring writers is David Jablinowitz, Op-Ed Editor at Jerusalem Post, who is famous for his “bus stories.”

Language of Kindness

Bus stop: Woman gets up and asks a standing soldier to please take her seat. She’s with two small children.

“Your week will be harder than mine,” the mom says to the soldier. Soldier looks at the small children, and retorts: “I remember when I was that age. I’m not sure my week will be harder than yours.”

Mom insists. Soldier sits down.

Turns out he’s a lone soldier from France. He makes a WhatsApp video call to his family and tells them about the kind gesture the Israeli mom just made at the bus stop.

The mom doesn’t speak French. (Neither do I.)

But apparently he told his family that Israelis are so kind to their soldiers. The family back in France responds with all sorts of praises to the woman for taking care of their son/brother even as they are so far away.

The language that all of us understood was when the soldier’s family, his parents and a couple of younger siblings, applauded, saluted the woman at the bus stop, and threw kisses to her.

She threw kisses to them and saluted them. “Kisses are an international language,” she shouted back as the soldier translated to his family.

Another internationally-known language: “Shalom!” they shouted at each other.

~ David Jablinowitz

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Kindness Quote

Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.

Amy Poehler

Act of Kindness

Take the time to give a genuine smile to at least 5 strangers today. You will be amazed how one smile can turn someone’s day around!

Positive Affirmation

Today I will be PATIENT. Everything I need will come to me in time. I will not worry about what I cannot control right now.

Kindness Media

A kidney donor and her recipient are meeting for the first time.