A Double Double Dose of Kindness: One Tim Hortons Patron's Answer To World Peace?
Sep 27 , 2015
"Oh she's a whale, oh the whale needs to eat.'"
~words used as weapons by
anonymous Tim Hortons patrons~
Kill them with kindness is hardly an innate response to a personal threat but with practice, could it be? Should it be?
Well, it worked so well for a Tim Hortons Patron in Michigan that her story has reached and potentially has changed the viewpoints of millions through social media.
While standing in line with her daughter, Dianne Hoffmeyer overheard a few women who, standing behind her, were whispering derogatory comments about her weight.
Her reaction? Buy them a cup of coffee. Then post her story on Facebook.
While she received much support for her actions, those weaponlike words still managed to damage her, causing her emotions to go rogue and unleash a flood of tears; To be likened to a whale after losing 177 pounds, how could they not?
But she chose kindness instead of verbal violence to set an example for her 22 month old daughter who, although young, still witnessed and, in her own way, absorbed the energy around her.
While nobody knows the impact her kind actions had on the two women who tried to fat-shame her, her viral story just might make others think twice before wielding their toxic tongues.
...And so, it got me thinking...Maybe the “them” in Killing Them with Kindness refers not to bad PEOPLE but to bad ACTIONS…and if so, could this be the means to finding world peace?
I’m not saying buying a cup of coffee for someone who taunts you will put you in the same league as Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Nelson Mandela... but, in his words," if you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner."
...If faced with a similar situation, what would you do?
Dianne Hoffmeyer /
Tim Hortons Michigan /
Pay it forward /
Claudette Barnes /