Share your stories of inspiration

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As we at The Sealy News celebrate our 130th anniversary, we are planning to spend the last 130 days of the year – starting Aug. 23 – by sharing a story of inspiration.

We all have these cool stories. Some of us are even fortunate to have more than one. There was a time when someone paid for your meal or helped you change a tire or seemingly came out of nowhere to pick you up when you were down.

When I was about 25 years old, a very close friend of mine, whom I had known for many years gave me a necklace – just a few beads on a leather cord. He said that he was hiking in the Adirondacks or some nonsense, and he came across another hiker who gave him the necklace and said, “Give this to your artist friend.” It made no sense to him at the time, but he’d saved the necklace for years and when the time was right, he gave it to me. Several years later, I was able to pass it on to someone else. I don’t know where it is now but I like to think that it’s still out there in the universe being passed along to encourage our “artist friends.”

The necklace could’ve been stolen from a bargain bin at Dollar General for all I know, but it actually meant a lot to me when a person I admired passed along a token of inspiration. I hope my gesture in passing it along provided that same encouragement for someone else.

We live in a world where it’s unsafe to accept a ride from a stranger and we’re wary of overtipping a waitress or asking if we can pay for someone’s groceries. Genuine kindness is rare, but it does happen.

We want to hear your stories. We want to know what you’ve done for someone – or, even better, what someone has done for you. Over a 130-day period we will share daily stories of inspiration in hopes that the message of kindness and paying it forward will spark something in all of us to be good to our friends, neighbors and even perfect strangers.

Send your stories to editor@sealynews.com or send them as private messages through our Sealy News Facebook page.

And if you don’t yet have a story of how you’ve shown kindness to another person, make one.

Let’s all get started now spreading inspiration. It’s never too late.

April Towery is the managing editor for The Sealy News. She can be reached at 979-885-3562 or at editor@sealynews.com.

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