Brenda secretly made a plate of cookies for a man who lived on her street. He seemed old and lonely; she thought that knowing someone cared might cheer him up. She left the plate on his doorstep with a note of encouragement and left quietly. The next day she received a small loaf of freshly baked bread on her porch with a note. She thought, He must have seen me leave the cookies, and now he knows it was me. Then she read the bottom of the note, which said, “PS: I saw how kind you were to that man and just wanted you to know that it made an impact on me. But I’m not telling you who I am either.” The secrecy continued around the neighborhood.
Which is more important, the secrecy or the act of kindness? Which part of the experience has an impact on the giver? Which has an impact on the receiver? What is the kindest thing someone has done for you as a secret? How did it make you feel not knowing who it was?
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