Random acts of kindness make me tear up. Hell, formulaic acts of commercial kindness do as well. And 'tis the season for both! The other day American Pickers was on in the background at work. I had never seen the show before as I stay away from reality shows unless food is involved. Well, the guys find some carnival sign and buy it for $200. But when they take it to NY and get it appraised they are told it is worth $10,000 if restored!! They were offered $5000 on the spot, but turned it down, opting to restore instead. The show goes off on other adventures for a while, then come back for the last scene with the seller with the sign, and gloat that they restored it and got ten grand for it. Then they thank him and give him half the sale price, $5,000!!! I had to go stand in the cooler and compose myself for a minute... I get a little sniffly now recounting.
At home I am spared most of the wrenching commercials with the miracle of DVR, but rarely does a day go by that some selfless act in a book or touching story on the radio that gives me hope that this can be a better world.