A Random Act of Kindness

Real Estate Agent with Thompson Company, REALTORS MD594797

Random acts of kindness are incredibly powerful. Just how powerful, I was reminded of a couple of days ago. I was on the receiving end and, simply put and without an ounce of exaggeration, it made my day. As a matter of fact, it is still making my day ..

I was on my way out the door at Seibel's where I had enjoyed a nice office meeting/lunch with the owner of Thompson Company Realtors, Larry Thompson. My mind was busy processing all the information about the lots we'll be offering for sale soon. What would be the best marketing strategy? Pricing .. time-frames .. a great Silver Spring community ..

Deep in thought I passed this elderly couple. Suddenly the lady stopped me, put her hand on my arm and said: "Has anyone told you yet how nice you look today?" Just like that. One simple, random act of kindness and a complete stranger had made my day.

As a Silver Spring, MD area Realtor®, I live a pretty exciting life .. no 2 days are alike. I get to meet lots of wonderful people and I get to help them purchase their dream home or sell their old one and move on to bigger and better things. It often makes my day but not this time.

It wasn't the excitement of the new listings, the challenge of selling those lots (I'm always up for one), the planning of a marketing strategy or the appreciation I felt about the owners selecting us... it was that random act of kindness by a stranger.

I can still feel her hand on my arm and I wish it hadn't taken me by surprise the way it did. I wish I could thank her again and let her know how much of an impact her gesture and words had on me.

I got a feeling, however, that that may not be necessary. Passing on the kindness and making another stranger's day may just be the thank you the lady was hoping for.

I'm going to do just that.

P.S.: Starting November 13th, 2012, a whole week is being dedicated to Random Acts of Kindness.

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Andrea is a REALTOR® based in Silver Spring, MD. She has enjoyed assisting buyers and sellers since 2004 and focuses on residential Real Estate in  Montgomery and Howard County, MD. Andrea is a proud mom and hobby decorator with a vintage soul. She always answers the phone with a smile, enjoys running and treasure hunting and is addicted to coffee.


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Debbie Reynolds
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices PenFed Realty, Your Clarksville Real Estate Professional - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Andrea, I know that made you feel good and that lady has discovered the secret of taking a moment to give someone a compliment. You simply must pass it on.

Sep 14, 2012 06:16 PM #1
Wandanna Melliphant
Pickering, ON
" Wandanna Sells Pickering, Ontario Homes!"

Hi Andrea,

Thanks for sharing this heartfelt story.

Maybe you should do an Activerain challenge "Random Act Of Kindness Week"

Sep 14, 2012 06:17 PM #2
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Debbie, I believe that the lady has made it her mission to spread kindness to strangers on a daily basis. I'm going to follow her lead! It's powerful.

Hi Wandanna, oh - that sounds like a great idea! Participating in the Random Act of Kindness Week and sharing its power may just inspire others to do the same..

Sep 14, 2012 06:27 PM #3
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Andrea, sincere acts of kindness and noticing people can change their entire day.  I love to compliment people on the way they look, their clothing, their glasses, whatever...the very best thing though is to see their eyes sparkle when they realize someone noticed something special about them.  Very powerful.

Sep 14, 2012 06:43 PM #4
Dana Basiliere
Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty - Burlington, VT
Making deals "Happen"


I must say I am glad you posted that. As small as it seems it has a big impact on people. I try to do that too but always hope that they don’t think I am too flirty. It’s a good thing more people should do and like you “pass if forward” (:o}›


Sep 14, 2012 06:59 PM #5
Winston Heverly
Winston Realty, Inc. - Atlantis, FL

It doesn't happen often to me, but I do this for a lot of others. 

Sep 14, 2012 07:00 PM #6
Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Washington, DC
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Andrea if only more people would do that. Just don't seem to get that from people anymore. Great to know that there are still some great people in this World. Have a great Weekend Andrea.

Sep 14, 2012 07:33 PM #7
Keller Williams Capital Properties-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Washington, DC
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Oh and this blog has FEATURED POST written all over it. So I am hitting the SUGGEST BUTTON :-)

Sep 14, 2012 07:34 PM #8
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

That is a really wonderful story Andrea!  How wonderful that that simple act made you so happy :)!  I think it's great that you are going to keep it going and dedicate an entire week to Random Acts of Kindness :)!!

Sep 14, 2012 08:07 PM #9
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Mona, it can indeed! I do tell my girls all the time how pretty they look and hubby how handsome he looks in his uniform. But I don't think I've ever stopped a complete stranger on the street and complimented him/her .. I'll have to change that.

Hi Dana, it's the smallest things that can have the biggest impact. I feel strongly about passing on the kindness that was shown to me .. it's not an easy thing for me to approach a complete stranger but I'm going to jump over my shadow and just do it.

Hi Winston, good for you! I compliment my family but now I'm also going to make an effort to include strangers as well.

Hi Lanre ... the world would be a better place! We live in such a busy area and everyone always seems to be hurrying somewhere and have lots on their minds (like I did that day) .. perhaps that's what made this even more special. Thank you!

Hi Brenda, Thanks! I can't take credit for the Random Act of Kindness week but I'm going to participate. The point is to celebrate kindness and to make a conscious effort to pass it along. I really like the idea!

Sep 14, 2012 08:44 PM #10
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek & Associates LLC Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Andrea,

What a lovely post, a great reminder how every action has reaction!

Sep 15, 2012 05:19 AM #11
Cindy Westfall
Premiere Property Group,LLC Portland Metro & Suburbs Oregon - Tualatin, OR
ABR,GRI Your Tualatin & Portland Metro Real Estate
Hi Andrea, I can so see how that would have made not only your day..but week...or longer. That simple gesture will last not only with you for a very long time, but will probably last the same on those that you will touch in the same way. It is a testimony to how simple words can have a huge affect. Love this!
Sep 15, 2012 01:30 PM #12
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Lisa, thank you! Every action has a reaction .. and positive actions will lead to positive results.

Hi Cindy, it was literally a 2 second encounter! Just one nice gesture or a kind word and a couple of seconds can make someone's day.. that's pretty powerful.

Sep 15, 2012 05:26 PM #13
Mike Cooper
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Winchester, VA Real Estate Sales Pro

That was really sweet.   A good lesson for all of us to pass on. 

Sep 16, 2012 08:46 AM #14
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Hallmark Realtors - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Hi Andrea - what a sweet story! And how true is it that the smallest gestures can have the biggest impact. Thanks for reminding us all to be kind to others.

Sep 16, 2012 03:25 PM #15
David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Hi Andrea caught this from Mikes reblog. Great post and thats what its all about. Pay it forward and do good regardless it always comes back, sometimes in ways we never could have planned for or expected!



Sep 16, 2012 06:53 PM #16
Andrea Bedard
Thompson Company, REALTORS - Silver Spring, MD
M.A.; REALTOR Silver Spring, MD and beyond

Hi Mike, it was such a nice moment. Thanks - for the reblog, too!

Hi Wayne & Jean, it's amazing how a small gesture can make our day! I got a feeling that this lady is doing this on a daily basis ..

Hi David, I have paid it forward and will continue to do so. Thank you!

Sep 16, 2012 08:21 PM #17
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