Paying it forward never goes out of style.
When Christina Causland stopped in a bathroom at the HomeGoods in Solana Beach, California, she found an unexpected surprise: a pile of diapers.
Unused, luckily. Sitting atop the small pile of wipes and diapers was a small note. It read:
“I once found myself in this exact same spot with a newborn with a crazy blowout and NO DIAPERS or WIPES. An unmitigated disaster, that was! Just in case you have found yourself in the same sort of pickle, I brought in some wipes and diapers to save the day. Good luck out there! Happy Holidays! —Sarah”
Christina doesn’t have any kids of her own, but she was so touched by this stranger’s act of kindness that she decided to share it on Instagram.
“I can definitely relate to being in a pinch and not having what I needed,” she explains in an e-mail. “I mostly just wanted to highlight her good deed and pass it along in hopes it would inspire others to do so.”
We’ve all found ourselves in similar situations. Maybe instead of missing a diaper, you were a dollar short in the checkout line at the grocery store or maybe you had car trouble away from home with no one around to help. No matter what the case, we all know what it’s like being in unfortunate and embarrassing situations — and how grateful we feel when a complete stranger comes to the rescue.
Little things like stocking a store restroom with some emergency diapers can make a big difference in people’s lives. During the holiday season, it’s a great time to reflect on what our own contributions to the world can be.
As the saying goes, not all heroes wear capes. To a frustrated mom in an unenviable situation, Sarah came to the rescue. The same thing can be seen in the world all around us, from the Philadelphia restaurant known for its “pay-it-forward” approach to pizza to the stranger who picked up the tab for a Texan’s auto repairs to people just doing their best to make positivity contagious.
Sure, there are a lot of bad things out there, a lot of negativity that permeates society. But if there’s one thing that can warm the heart of cynics everywhere, it’s knowledge that the world is filled with small-scale superheroes — we just have to look for them. And if we can’t find them, we should do our best to be them.