The Kindness of Strangers Is a Good Reminder that the World Isn’t a Cruel Place
I got the Kindle version of The Kindness of Strangers by Mike McIntyre back when it was free or on sale, and I only recently got around to reading it. I wish I hadn’t waited so long! It’s inspiring and it shows that people as a whole are still kind at heart, willing to help out a stranger when and how they can.
I enjoyed reading about Mike’s trip across the country without a cent to his name. He refused to accept money from strangers, only accepting food, rides to get him further along in his journey, and places to sleep at night—the necessities to live as he made his way to the east coast.
As you follow along on Mike’s journey, you realize how true it is that everyone has his or her own story, and the things that lead them to be kind aren’t the things you might expect.
I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in feeling inspired to look for opportunities to help strangers (and everyone else) now that I’ve read these stories. No, I probably won’t be picking up a hitchhiker any time soon, but there are other ways to help.
Mike’s whole trip isn’t just a stream of happy, heartwarming encounters. There are some moments when he’s afraid for his life. There are others when no one’s stopping for him and he’s cold, caught in a torrential downpour, or just stuck talking to people he’d rather not be talking to (like the man who pretends to be homeless on the street and asks people for money—someone else dependent upon the kindness of strangers, but in a fraudulent sense that disgusts Mike).
This isn’t the kind of book I’d normally pick up, but it’s the kind of book I think most people could use simply as a reminder not only to be kind to others, but that others will be kind to them.
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