A woman recently shared her story of regaining faith in South Africa after witnessing selfless acts and true kindness, and it didn't take long for the story to spread. Despite the famous phrase "bad news travels fast", her story was shared very quickly because South Africans need stories like hers.
Esté Jansen van Vuuren shared a story on how she saw the beautiful side of SA and it inspired and touched everyone who heard it.
Esté went to the doctor after an accident and sat there with a heavy heart with her 6-month old baby, Lisa. She was going to wait for 5 to 6 hours because the doctor is late after an emergency. Not something to look forward to.
It was there that she rediscovered hope for her home country. A series of little moments led to a big revelation for Esté: South Africans still have a lot of love to share with each other.
Two young Muslim girls excitedly gave Lisa attention and kept her busy for an hour. The girls then spoiled Esté with a chocolate and their dad offered to look after her baby's blanket and toys so she could go change her diaper without hassles.
Later, Esté met little Boitumelo and her mom. She's the same age as Lisa and the two moms exchange stories and experiences.
The day drags away and finally, at half past 5, Esté can see the doctor. The friendly receptionist offers to look after Lisa while she sees the doctor.
An already impressed Esté meets the doctor and is surprised by gentle kindness and patience. When she was done, Esté found little Lisa as happy as can be.
The man after Esté is called in to see the doctor but he quickly offers to let Boitumelo and her mom go before him.
At this point, Esté got tears in her eyes. So many little moments of kindness can be overwhelming in a country where people are constantly expecting the worst.
Esté couldn't believe that the man would let someone else go before him - he has been waiting for 5 hours.
But that wasn't the last kind act to be shown that day. The second receptionist carried Lisa's car seat to Esté's car so she could be more comfortable.
Esté shared her story with friends and family, only too happy to spread some good news:
Dear Facebook friends, what I’m trying to express with this very long post is this:
There is still love, there is still care and hope for this country! (Sometimes it only takes 5 hours in a doctor’s waiting room with a flat cell phone battery to realise it). Let’s speak life over our country again.
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