Submitted by:  Riaan Leybourne Buitendag

 Today I had a very interesting day; strange, but interesting.  I do not deal well with people in general, and in busy places, I shut off.  I am shy and have not learned great people skills; and being an Afrikaans guy from a small town does not help either.  Today I had to go to the bank in my lunch break.  I got to the bank and it was busy, and the queue was long.  I started sweating immediately as I only had an hour for lunch.  Brenda Moalosi-Langa joined the queue behind me, and we shared the same frustration.  We started talking about the bank and how annoying it can be to wait.

How we treat people spreads from one person to the next, and to the next, until it’s like infinity.  Kindness needs to be spread because it will change millions and millions of people. 

But that conversation didn’t last very long, and we soon started to speak about happier things.  It was strange that I could engage with a stranger like I did.  The queue, together with the stress, went without my being aware of it, and when I mentioned #ImStaying, we instantly became family.  We also shared how it has affected us in a positive way.  We, in this group, don’t really know the extent of how people are being affected.

How we treat people spreads from one person to the next, and to the next, until it’s like infinity.  Kindness needs to be spread because it will change millions and millions of people.  Brenda Maolosi-Langa has helped me more in a few minutes today than most people have in a lifetime, and I am truly grateful that I met her.

Thank you for being who you are.  I now wish the queue had been longer!  I am also glad that you trusted a stranger enough to give me your contact details because I would love to stay in contact and learn more about you.