I went on one of my favorite hikes with a friend this weekend and before we set on the trail, I found an iPhone 7s. Someone had inadvertently left it on top of their car and it had slid off, almost to the point of falling. As with most phones, it had a passcode, therefore accessing any contacts on the phone was not an option. This person had no emergency contacts set up, so that was out of the question too.
I remembered that most phones will let you call back a missed call from a notification. As it turned out, there was a missed call and I tried calling it. It led me to a voicemail. I figured it was a long shot, but I left a voicemail with my phone number for the person to call me back. My friend and I decided to go on the hike and then go to the Apple Store to track down the owner if we didn’t hear back from the voicemail I left. As we got to the top of the hike, I got the callback and by the time we got back to the trailhead the person was there waiting for us and being incredibly grateful to get the phone back.
However the part that was the most interesting to me was his disbelief, his utter surprise that someone would find a brand new phone and actually try to return it to its rightful owner. From where I was standing, tracking down the owner was the obvious choice, but from where he was standing, it was something unexpected, something that he never dreamed someone would be willing to do for him. It got me thinking about how a lot of times we may expect our friends and loved ones to do the right thing, but we rarely expect strangers to do so. When did we get to the point when we lost faith in humankind so much so that we don’t believe someone will do the right thing even when they get no benefit out of it?
More importantly, how do we get that back? How do we get to the point where we just believe in kindness, believe in love, believe in the good in the world? It might seem like a small thing, but surprise someone with your kindness today! Be kind, even when it doesn’t serve you!