Motivation Monday

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

Santa’s Gift of Love and Hope

In 2016, life took an unexpected turn when I was diagnosed with colon cancer. Enduring two major surgeries and embarking on a challenging journey of radiation and chemotherapy, I found myself worn out, physically and emotionally drained, and struggling to find hope.
One evening, amidst the shadows of uncertainty, I heard the unmistakable jingle of bells echoing down the stairs of my condo. Hope flickered faintly, and I silently prayed that the source of the sound wouldn’t be knocking on my door. However, destiny had other plans.
The doorbell rang, and with trepidation, I opened the door to find Santa Claus standing before me. In that moment, the heaviness in my heart began to lift. Santa handed me a Christmas card with a warm smile, and inside, I found an unexpected gift—a crisp $100 bill. He explained that it was from someone who loved me very much.
Though it was far from December, the spirit of Christmas had found its way into my life in the most unexpected manner. Santa’s visit wasn’t just about the monetary gift; it was a gesture that carried the weight of love and compassion, a reminder that even in the midst of my struggles, I was not alone.
Years have passed since that magical evening, but the memory still brings tears to my eyes. Santa’s visit wasn’t merely a fleeting moment of generosity; it was a lifeline, a spark of hope during a time when the future seemed uncertain and daunting.
In that unexpected encounter, I learned that kindness has the power to transcend time and seasons. The memory of Santa’s surprise has become a beacon of warmth, a testament to the enduring impact that simple acts of love and compassion can have on a person’s spirit.
~ Leo Rodriguez

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Kindness Quote

“Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”

Harvey Fierstein

Act of Kindness

List five positive character traits you possess. Think of small, tangible ways you take them to the next level.

Positive Affirmation

Hope is the guiding star that lights my path and fuels my dreams.

Kindness Media

A heartwarming surprise for a little trash truck enthusiast! The neighborhood sanitation workers make a special delivery—a toy garbage truck—for the two-year-old who adores watching them at work.