In trying times, it’s the small acts of kindness that we extend to one another that gives us hope for a brighter day. Gina Headen shared her story of a time when she was struggling with a hardship and the empathy that a cop offered to her. She posted the touching tale on Facebook, writing, “Last week I was pulled over for going 65 in a 55. The officer took my license and registration. While I sat and waited I was reminiscing about my dad like always lately.”
Headen continued, “The officer returned to my car and said it’s your lucky day, we were born on the same day and year, slow down and have a good day. I smiled and said thank you. He walked away and I broke down and started crying. Thinking he was back in his car. He surprised me and tapped on my window asking if I was ok.”
She explains, “I told him I was sad, I just lost my dad. He said take a minute and breathe. He talked to me a minute then helped me back into traffic. Today [a week later] I received this beautiful card in the mail. Thank you, Deputy Dan Hill #227 of St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department.”
The card read, “My condolence on the loss of your father. I’m sure he was a great man who loved his family. I pray that your tears of sadness become tears of joy in remembering his legacy.”
In the letter, deputy Dan Hill added a heartwarming bible passage: “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more. Neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore; for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)
It would have been the easiest route to take for the cop to have given Headen a ticket and went about his day, but instead, he went above and beyond. Not only did he decide that the ticket was unnecessary, but he also sat with her in her time of need. The letter was the cherry on top.
This is a great reminder to all of us that it’s easy to think that the people that we encounter are living lives without burden, but you don’t know what someone is going through. Remember, small acts of kindness can go a long way because everyone is fighting a battle you know nothing about.
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