Kindness is really more than the things we do for others. Kindness is a touch. Kindness is a smile. Kindness is an expression. Kindness is anything that will make someone feel better than when you first met them. Whatever we do …should make a positive impact in another person’s life.
Life is fast paced, and many times mentally we choose not to care about people around us. We silently adopt an attitude of – I don’t know you, I’m minding my own business, it’s not my circus, it’s not my monkeys…
- We sit on a train and everyone immediately pulls out reading materials.
- Co-workers meet in an elevator first thing in the morning, to avoid saying hi – pretend to be absorbed by reading your book
- Get into your condo elevator and people are on their phones regardless if there’s phone reception or no reception.
- Boarding a plane and immediately you avoid interacting with the other person.
- You line up for coffee and your phone keeps your attention until you get to the front
I don’t think life is so fast paced and complicated that we don’t have time to:
- acknowledge each other
- place a call instead of text messages
- drop in to see family members
- respond to emails if you were copied on it- the fact that your name was included meant that some form of acknowledgement was anticipated by the sender
- acknowledging others by a gentle head nod remain totally acceptable
- plan once a month meet and greet with loved ones
- spending time with your family
- date night between spouses or movie night with the kids
People generally have become so cold hearted by choice, and stress is having laps around well meaningful relationships. We always want to look important and busy. It’s a sad fact. We live in a world where everything that’s wrong seems right.
Parents are forced to accept text messages from their children as a mode of communication – why? The kids are too busy with life to pick up the phone. Spouses are now also communicating through text messages. Let’s face it – text messages have subtly taken over communication. We’ve become a ‘speechless’ generation. Clearly, you know now that this is one of my pet peeves.
Everyday people rush by people that are:
How can this be changed? When you are I start a fire of kindness by one simple spark. Unexpected kindness is very powerful, and it goes a long way when the story gets passed around. It’s amazing how fast gossip, sad stories, news of people who died, divorces etc get around quickly. Yet, one kind act is ignored because it lacks drama and a juicy story telling.
As the year is coming to an end, may we all purpose to spread love wherever we go. All it takes is one act of kindness to leave someone feeling better than you met them. Today, I was in the mall, I saw this gentleman who was wheelchair bound struggling to zip his coat up. I was sitting having a chat with my husband and after approximately five minutes I glanced over and noticed he was still struggling to zip up his jacket.
I decided to walk over to him and ask him if he needed any assistance. He did. I did it like boom 💥…Moral: What may be easy for me to do, can be a challenge for someone else.
- Let’s be the hand that someone needs.
- Be a voice to those who cannot speak up for themselves.
- Give an acknowledgement nod to someone who looked at you.
- Don’t pass an opportunity to be kind to anyone.
2017 will be a year of random acts of kindness.