There are many days here at Kids Wish Network that I think about how much I like doing what I do. It’s usually because I have spoken to a potential wish family about a referral I received for their child and they are extremely surprised and thankful. Their kind words to me really help reinforce how important and amazing this job and Kids Wish Network is. Kindness goes a long way in life.
I really feel blessed to be able to play a small part in spreading hope to these families and granting wishes to these children. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have a sick child. I am not a parent yet but I hope to be one day, and I pray that my child is healthy.
I have seen so many different illnesses and things that can go wrong during a pregnancy since working at Kids Wish Network. I hear a lot of families say that their child who has an illness or disease is a miracle. I believe that all life is a miracle, but I’ve now adopted the thought that the children who are born completely healthy and without any medical issues are the true miracle children. It always baffles me when I read about one of our wish kids who was born with a life-threatening condition all because one chromosome or one little thing was off. It is scary to think that this situation happens on a daily basis. I know that I am not exempt from something like this happening when I have a child; I just pray it doesn’t.
I know that many moms and dads and grandmas out there are dealing with taking these children to doctors’ appointments and hospitals and praying that the next prognosis is a good one. Sometimes they are fortunate enough to hear that good news: sometimes they aren’t. But one thing is for sure, it is always nice to feel comforted and to hear a kind word even if the news isn’t great.
One thing in life that I would like to be remembered for is that I always tried to be kind. The next time you are angry or impatient while standing in line at the bank, grocery store or gas station, before you say something you regret to the person in front holding up the line, stop and take a second to imagine what they might be dealing with. Maybe they just lost their job. Maybe their kids are sick. Maybe they are wondering what they will eat for dinner or where they will sleep tonight. Take a deep breath and force a smile as they pass you. Kindness makes everyone feel better.