When was the last time you went out of your way like this to spread a bit of kindness? I like to think that I'm a kind person to everyone but the truth is, more often than not, I'm kind to those I don't know when its convenient for me.When I'm in a bad mood or having a bad day I have a tendency to become incredibly selfish with my time, money, and just generally whine "but I don't wanna." Its easier to be indifferent or merely go about my business without giving a second thought as to what another person might be dealing with in their life. When I'm feeling like this, this is exactly when I need to remember to extend a kindness.
At random times in the past few weeks, things that don't normally bother me have annoyed me. My patience has been short, my temper on the verge of unleashing bottled up fury. Then I received a much needed thoughtful (but still butt kicking) email from a friend that changed my attitude. I was reminded of the Leo Buscaglia quote:
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
I'm making a more conscious effort to be kind to others, especially those I don't know. It only takes a few moments to stop what I'm doing in my own life to seize the opportunity to make someone else's life a little better. Doing random acts of kindness may not only brighten another's day but mine as well. One of the reasons I'm drawn to Secret Agent L's blog is because she's putting kindness out into the universe not knowing who is going to find it. I like knowing that whomever finds that kindness may then in turn pass that kindness on to someone else starting a chain of kindness that has the potential to reach who knows how many people. I need to do more of that. I want to do more of that.
I'm going to do more of that, after all it only takes a few mintues.
Have you ever been on the recieving end of a random act of kindness that inspired you to pass that kindess on to someone else? What is your favorite random act of kindess?