‘The contagiousness of kindness’ is real, says John Curley

Jan 12, 2022, 11:39 AM
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A truck driver removes chains on a stretch of eastbound I-90 on Dec. 9, 2021, as snow falls near Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
(AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Taken from the John Curley and Shari Elliker Show, edited for clarity.

Saturday, I’m feeling sort of down. I haven’t been able to jump in the water cause it’s all frozen over. And my neighbor sends me video of her mom, who’s in her late-70s, and her friends, also in their late 70s, going across an ice covered road to deliver home-baked cookies to all of the truckers that are stuck there on I-90, waiting to get onto I-90, near the Safeway in Cle Elem.

These women were carrying packages of fresh baked cookies and soup to these guys — there are about 15 or 20 trucks just sitting there.

As you know, or maybe you don’t know, these truckers don’t make any money when they’re just sitting there. They’re not rolling, they’re not putting miles on, it’s just costing them money.

So I decided to do something.

I called up Señor Bones and I bought 15 burritos, and I went there and gave out burritos to these guys.

And it’s really amazing. I came home, I felt great. I just felt so great. It was a bit of effort because you had to go back and get them and hand them out, but it was amazing — it just gave me a high for the rest of the evening.

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I’m not doing this as a braggy-brag thing. I’m just saying it was interesting to see the dynamic, sort of the chemical change in my brain. I’ve experienced it before — volunteering really does blow you out of what you’re thinking about yourself and makes you put yourself into someone else’s shoes.

I was inspired by someone else’s generosity, someone else’s thoughtfulness, so it is the contagiousness of kindness.

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