It's easy to spend most of our time obsessing over the failures of humanity, but Twitter user @Nicole_Cliffe wanted to take a quick peek at the things that make people great.
She decided to ask:
"What is the kindest thing a stranger has done or said to you?
The thread has gone viral, and the stories people have shared are nothing short of inspiring.
What is the kindest thing a stranger has done or said to you?— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole Cliffe)1551726444.0
Nicole began by sharing her own story:
Mine: one baby of mine used to get airsick and the first time it happened we were just leaving the gate and there w… https://t.co/p1K5bHD2aS— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole Cliffe)1551726747.0
I was standing, covered in puke, holding my now only diaper-clad baby & trying not to cry while business travelers… https://t.co/r1Nf4HNydT— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole Cliffe)1551726857.0
I firmly believe that she will go to heaven no matter what she may do in the rest of her life.— Nicole Cliffe (@Nicole Cliffe)1551726888.0
Inspired by her example, Twitter users everywhere began pitching in with their own touching stories!
Many of them spanned multiple tweets and have stuck with their tellers forever.
@Nicole_Cliffe Oh God I can’t even tell this story and not cry. I used to manage an LGBT bookstore, when bookstores… https://t.co/chqOdIKJ90— 💁🏼♂️ (@💁🏼♂️)1551728038.0
@Nicole_Cliffe So I talk to this guy and I answer questions, and I try to be encouraging and I’m maybe sounding a l… https://t.co/J9NLckHFhU— 💁🏼♂️ (@💁🏼♂️)1551728113.0
@Nicole_Cliffe And SHE, this 50-something lesbian talks to this stranger on the phone. And a LINE FORMS BEHIND HER.… https://t.co/AFvGkYYVr8— 💁🏼♂️ (@💁🏼♂️)1551728210.0
What may have been disaster turned time and time again into a high water mark for humanity.
i was driving in a snowstorm in rochester As One Does, but wasn't used to the car and slid into a snowbank some 12… https://t.co/A6AdQP673F— leyla mamedova (@leyla mamedova)1551768230.0
@Nicole_Cliffe When I was a little girl my mom was taken suddenly to the emergency room and I was left outside in t… https://t.co/WDnIvBTYZ2— Amanda Deibert🏳️🌈 ECCCA2 (@Amanda Deibert🏳️🌈 ECCCA2)1551757293.0
@Nicole_Cliffe She called me over and gave me a hug and talked to me about my mom and told me she was worried about… https://t.co/dQCA6AJx5K— Amanda Deibert🏳️🌈 ECCCA2 (@Amanda Deibert🏳️🌈 ECCCA2)1551757403.0
People are often at their best when others are in a place of need.
@Nicole_Cliffe Had 1 day to start IVF with no warning due to aggressive cancer diagnosis. Private cost $10,000; Doc… https://t.co/wOhpqXNBRm— AmNowIncognito (@AmNowIncognito)1551760548.0
@Nicole_Cliffe 20, living in madrid, took an overnight bus back after a weekend trip to morocco. got food poisoning… https://t.co/9TDaokZN19— maya kosoff (@maya kosoff)1551757641.0
Who knows what might have happened if these good samaritans weren't there?
I was drifting off onto the ocean with my cousin on a rubber raft when I was like 12 and we both didn't know how to… https://t.co/ABiZKYiy66— tempu 🐢 i wish i could read (@tempu 🐢 i wish i could read)1551770670.0
Years ago, I had to go into the city on one of those days where the kids were crying and clingy. As l was paying fo… https://t.co/wvhSwBIj0y— Lanie (@Lanie)1551769593.0
When we forget about ourselves and act on behalf of others, we're truly at our best.
@Nicole_Cliffe My mother had just died after a brutal fight with cancer. I walk aimlessly & eventually wandered int… https://t.co/FuxWz14OvG— Eric Umansky (@Eric Umansky)1551757022.0
One time I was finishing a reading before class & was sitting on a bench outside. A stranger tapped my shoulder & s… https://t.co/f0utXo5hsH— jennifer🐝 (@jennifer🐝)1551769644.0
Maybe humans aren't so bad after all.
i didn't know how much i needed this thread until i started reading it 😢🧡 https://t.co/ySfxuD4abb— lil C ❣️ (@lil C ❣️)1551768407.0