Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Acts of kindness
After writing yesterday's post I started thinking about little acts of kindness. Those tiny little gestures that are so easy to do but can cause such an impact on the recipient. We never really know what effect our kindness has in many cases. Especially when they are directed to a complete stranger.
On our trip down 95 the other day, we arrived at a toll plaza which cost $2.00. The lady first took our money, printed out a receipt, and returned the money to us. She said the car ahead of us paid for our toll and we were wished a Merry Christmas.
What a nice surprise! It was a simple act, not very costly, but it lifted our spirits. We talked about it for many miles down the road. We had approached an empty booth, so we didn't even know which car ahead of us did this wonderful gesture. In turn, they too didn't know who the recipient was. Still we drove on our way with big smiles on our faces, feeling there is still some good in our world. The media likes to keep this part away from us, but be aware kindness still exists.
I urge you to go do a little act of kindness today. Do it to a complete stranger if at all possible. It can be as simple as a smile and a hello. You never know who might really be in need of hearing those little words. Someone feeling lost and lonely or stressed and rushed. Something that will warm their heart and bring a smile to their face, long after you're gone on your way.
I know many of you are already doing this. Its your kind self and these acts pour out of you daily. If this is you, do one more. One that you are complete conscious of and notice the happiness you feel inside afterwards. You'll have warmed your own heart and placed a smile on your own face. You'll feel better too and have gained energy in the process! Really I urge you to try this today.
Those little seeds I've talked about sewing, they can be tiny acts of kindness. You never know where one might fall. You never know who might be the recipient. You never know if your guardian angel is watching and what might return to you from the simple gesture of an act of kindness.