Mark Twain once wrote: “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Being kind to others brings joy and mirth to both the recipients and ourselves. Not only that, witnessing acts of kindness always makes one’s heart feel full.
That’s what Meghann Shaw, a mother of one, felt upon seeing a beautiful moment between an employee and a blind man while she was picking up a prescription at Walmart in Biloxi, Mississippi, one weekend in July 2017.
“No one will ever be able to feel the happiness that overcame me when I saw this,” Shaw told Yahoo Style.
Speaking to InsideEdition.com, she added: “I was amazed. The first thing that came to my mind was how sweet it was.”
Sons are the anchors of a mothers life⚓️
Shaw saw such an eye-opener that she had to snap a photo. “I’ve been trying to place the right words into this post for a little while now,” she wrote on Facebook.
She saw an employee, Brittany Walton, walking with an elderly man, hand in hand. The customer was blind, and all alone, and Walton immediately went to help.
“She escorted him throughout the store. With all the hate in the world she gave love. Without the man seeing her, she showed him pure compassion and love. Be the change you wish to see in the world,” Shaw wrote.
Shaw posted this inspiring message to her personal Facebook, and a friend suggested she make the post public.
“As soon as I hit public, it was share after share,” Shaw said.
— Inside Edition (@InsideEdition) July 24, 2017
The post has garnered more than 29,000 reactions and over 9,900 shares. Thousands of people have seen it, including Walmart CEO Doug McMillon, who praised Walton for her “excellence in customer service” in a public Facebook post.
Walton, a customer service associate with Walmart, was shocked by the attention and touched that people were inspired by her simple and kind act.
“I didn’t wait for a manager to tell me what to do; I rushed to help him because it was the right thing to do,” Walton said.
“I wanted him to feel safe with me,” she told the Sun Herald. “I wanted him to feel love and compassion. I wanted him to feel it was all about him.”
I've been trying to place the right words into this post for a little while now. Yesterday afternoon, I had to go to…
The elderly blind man, Mr. Roy, was new in town and had come into Walmart after a trip to the local Veteran’s Affairs office. He told Walton he was looking to buy a mug for a lady he was sweet on, who is also visually impaired.
Mr. Roy and Walton ended up spending two hours shopping around the store.
“He was the sweetest man; he really opened up to me and I just listened,” Walton, a mother of three, said. “Sometimes what people need is someone to listen because they feel alone.”
You may think Walton had helped Mr. Roy that day. But in the opinion of Walton, Mr. Roy helped her as much as she helped him.
“I told him I was going to show him love and compassion,” Walton said. “He showed me that too.”
All it takes is a little kindness to give someone hope and happiness, isn’t it?