So, last week I took my sister, Victoria, to see Madonna at the United Center in Chicago. This concert was very special as it was planned almost 30 years ago. Yep- you read that right. You see, Victoria had originally planned to see Madonna in 1985 for The Virgin Tour. She begged my mom to let her drive from Green Bay to Chicago, but mom could not be persuaded. So, Victoria waited. Every time Madonna came to Chicago (where Victoria ended up living for years), she had a conflict and then she moved to Australia and sort of gave up on seeing the show.
So now for the fun part of the story—a few months ago, I was reading the paper and saw that Madonna would be in town during Victoria’s annual visit. I was so excited and dreamed of buying her seats on the floor. Then, I went on line and saw that the concert was basically sold out and that I would have to pay even more than the asking price of $355 for good seats. Needless to say, $355 was just not in my price range. So, I bought the tickets I could afford in the nosebleed section and presented them to my sister on her birthday. Despite the news about sitting in Section 305, she was really excited.
Ok, so fast forward to last week. We show up at the concert in our Madonna bangles and lace and are just having a great time taking pictures, talking to people and checking out souvenirs when this young guy approaches us and asks us about our tickets. He wants to know where we are sitting, so we show him our tickets. He then hands us $355 tickets for the 20th row and tells us that he won better tickets on the radio and wants to give his away.
He even said that he thought about selling them, but then decided it was better to give them to someone!
He didn’t have to ask us twice. We took a picture with Scott and gave him hugs and ran to our fantastic seats. It was fabulous and was made all the better by the Scott’s generosity and random act of kindness.
So, I kept thinking about Scott and telling everyone about our night and then decided the situation was in need of a blog post. Scott got me thinking about how powerful random acts of kindness are. They are contagious. They have energy. They inspire creativity.
And that got me thinking about other random acts. What about random acts of inclusion? What if we all went out today and created an inclusive moment. What if we included a child in an extra-curricular activity in a new way? What if we reached out to a new family? What if we taught a lesson based on a certain child’s specific interest? What if we sat with a new colleague at lunch? What if invited a student to teach us something about her culture? What other random act of inclusion could you commit?
I am so thrilled to have this fun story about Scott to share. His kindness has really inspired me this week. Hope it has inspired you too.