Sometimes when we’re struggling in life, it just takes some inspiring words to help us get through. That was the case for Nicole Walker, from Taylor, Michigan, whose many problems inadvertently led her to a stranger and an act of kindness that changed her life.
Nicole said her problems have recently just been piling up higher and higher. The mother of a five-year-old daughter had recently undergone surgery and just returned to work. But at that inopportune moment, her car started to break down.
But the worst news of all: she was losing her apartment and only had 30 days to find a new one.
Overwhelmed and frustrated, she called her mother to vent about her life.
“I called my mom and said I am so tired of being here,” Nicole told WJBK.
“Life keeps throwing me all these curve balls and what am I supposed to do?”
Her mother didn’t take her complaints lightly—it sounded like her daughter was in serious distress.
She was so concerned that days later, when she was unable to get in contact with her daughter, she feared the worst. She immediately called the police.
Sgt. Troy Cox from the Taylor Police Department was assigned to check in on Nicole to make sure she was okay. Nicole was surprised to see him when he arrived at her door.
“I get a knock at my door and it was the police. He said, ‘Are you Nicole?'” she recalled to WJBK.
“He [said], ‘Do you want to harm yourself?’ I was like, ‘No.'”
But after a few more questions, Nicole caved.
She broke down and began telling the officer her problems.
Sgt. Cox sat and compassionately listened to her whole story.
Cox could see Nicole was going through a difficult time, but he also saw that she was not suicidal. Once Nicole had gotten all her emotions out, the officer left her apartment complex, and Nicole thought that was the end of it.
But then, he returned the next day.
Sgt. Cox ran into Nicole as she was leaving that morning, and he claimed he was required to check in with her again before he went on break. He told Nicole that he had left something for her in her mailbox.
Nicole didn’t think much of it, until she got home later and was blown away by what she found.
It was a letter, written by Sgt. Cox—with an uplifting message of hope for Nicole.
“Nicole, sometimes life gets stressful,” Sgt. Cox wrote. “Sometimes we need to step back and take a deep breath. God never gives us more than we can handle. All things happen for a reason and we have to keep the glass half full, especially when we have kids.”
“So when life gets tough remember to stay strong, look to good things and pray.”
The words meant the world to Nicole, who broke into tears after she read the letter.
“When I saw this in my mailbox, I broke down crying, like there are people out there that really care,” she told WJBK.
Not only that, the officer left his number in case she needed anything and included a $50 Visa gift card—paid out of his own pocket—which she plans to put towards a new security deposit.
“When you think nobody is there for you, nobody cares, it really is and it can be a stranger and a police officer at that.”
Nicole says she will keep the letter forever. She also wanted to reunite with the officer to thank him in person—but he doesn’t want to act like a hero.
“I want to meet up to thank him even though I did it over the phone,” she told WJBK. “But he won’t do it because he doesn’t want recognition.”
“But you are a wonderful guy,” she said to him.
It’s a testament to how small, random acts of kindness can make a real impact on people’s lives. Hopefully things start to look up for Nicole from now on.