Last week I was on a business holiday flying from Wellington, New Zealand to Sydney, Australia. This flight wasn’t a long, only three and a half hours and I was seated next to a lady holding a crying, red-faced baby.
The baby was relentless. She had cried ever since our tyres had left the runway. I didn’t mind though as thankfully I could tune out from the crying and into something else, however her mum was struggling.
As the time ticked by her mother’s face grew tired and, just like her baby’s, was turning different shades of red as she was tried everything to calm her baby.
Then to her (and my own) dismay, an angel appeared. A fight attendant bent down and with a kind face and a smile offered to take her baby for a while so her mum could rest.
“Really?” Was the only response this weary mum could muster.
Gallantly the flight attendant scooped the baby up and whisked her down to the back of the plane, where she held and played with her for almost 30 minutes! I was astounded by her kindness and I could feel the relief of the mother beside me.
Not too long after this beautiful display of kindness, something else melted my heart. The row in front of me seated a family of three who had attempted to buy meals on-board, however as they didn’t have a credit card they were refused. The policy is credit card only, no cash, no debit card.
A lady strode up to their aisle clutching containers in her hands.
“Would you like these meals?” She had made them specifically for her flight however was now offering them to the family.
Once again a look of disbelief and then delight filled the faces of the family, and they graciously accepted the food. Between thank you’s they relayed a story about how they were so hungry even before they had boarded this flight, however there was no time to buy anything because they had to race so quickly from a connecting flight and had only just made it.
The rest of the flight I basked in my love of people. I was buzzing and feeling so good, thinking about a deep belief I hold that people are all essentially good inside. Some bury it under hurt, anger and pain, however some people that are connected to their own innate goodness allow their love and light to overflow and spill out into our world, touching and altering the lives of others, and inspiring people to connect to their own love and goodness.