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