During the holiday season, we hear about doing good deeds and helping people who are less fortunate. We are encouraged to produce random acts of kindness, but what about intentional acts of kindness? These are the acts that go unnoticed.
In late August, I was driving home from Vail to Edwards after an early morning babysitting job when my BMW started to make loud sounds and produce a foul-smelling smoke out of the engine. I knew I had limited time to pull over and get out.
As I approached Elk Lot, the entire front engine went up in flames as I panicked and called 911. The local fire department came to the rescue, put out the fire and secured all my belongings.
The following day, one of the firemen, who also works for Beaver Creek safety, called to instruct me to get the BMW towed off the lot. In the same breath, he asked me if I was OK, and so quickly I replied "No!"
My car burned to the ground and no longer gets me to work. Not so good for a person who travels about 200 miles per day for work. The man on the phone was so intentionally kind and offered me his truck for five days, as he was going to be out of town. Following the five days, another friend offered me a car until I was able to get a company car. Again, intentionally kind acts that made all the difference.
The second intentional act of kindness started at the October Westin Alter Ego ball, for a silent auction children's fundraiser. I bid on a cute painting from the Miller Ranch infant group - it drew me right in. I had to have this painting, and I was the only one all night that bid on it. I had already envisioned it on my office wall.
During the evening, an older gentleman came to me and commented on my Halloween outfit. In conversation, he discovered my love for this painting. It was then, he intentionally chose to out bid me so he could not only provide additional funds to the charity, but deliver me this painting with intent to get to know me better.
It's not just for the holidays. It's the lovely people who are drawn to the Vail Valley who make the world a better place. So this holiday season, when you are running around shopping for sales and throwing your extra change in the Salvation Army bucket, don't forget to pay it forward with an intentional act of kindness!
Andrea K. Uliano