I challenge you to try this for three days. Just give it three days, but really treat every person you meet like they are going to die by midnight. This means every single person you come in contact with- a waitress, salesperson, that annoying family member or neighbor…the list goes on.
I came across this a while ago, while in college, and I tried it. Not only did it change how I treated people immediately, but it changed my perspective about a lot of things. When there’s a sense of urgency in your life, you think differently. Little things that used to upset you suddenly don’t matter anymore. You realize what is important. I hope that this somewhat silly challenge is taken seriously by someone, and that it changes your life for a little more than just three days. Just try it.
It was a Saturday in April of 2008. Western Oregon and Central Oregon, both Division II schools, were matched up in a conference doubleheader softball game. Senior Sara Tucholsky was up to bat. She had never hit a home run in her career. With one swift swing of the bat, that changed. Her first home run ever!
As Tucholsky rounded second, her knee gave out. She collapsed.
Her team was waiting for her at home plate, celebrating her accomplishment already. But Tucholsky was still writhing in pain on the bag. Her coach asked the officials what the ruling was if they were to use a substitute runner. Her home run would be taken away, reduced to a mere two run single. If her coach or teammates touched her, she would be considered out. If her own team helped her at all, they would be penalized.
Just as her coach was about to substitute another runner in for Tucholsky and take the loss, Mallory Holtman, a player for the opposing team spoke up. “Excuse me, would it be OK if we carried her around and she touched each bag?” The officials agreed that the opposing team assisting the injured player would not be against the rules.
So they did. Holtman and another teammate Liz Wallace picked Tucholsky up and carried her around the bases, stopping to gently tap her foot at each one. Holtman said she did what she hoped anyone would have done for her. She did it “just because it’s the right thing to do.”
What an inspiring story. Isn’t it nice to know that people do show kindness just because it’s the right thing to do? Have you ever done anything simply because it’s right? Remember this story.