“Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness.” ~ Seneca
I was reading a recent article about kindness, by Mark over at Mark Salinas, MN. An article about the importance of being kind to one another. And this reminded me of a story that happened to me a few years ago.
Lunch…Or Maybe Not
My wife and I. Three small children. Saturday morning. Doing yard work. Playing games.
Lunch time. Let’s go out . No cash, but credit card in hand, we drive over to the local sub shop.
Sandwiches ordered, we get to the cashier. I hand her my credit card. She runs it through the machine. Nothing. Try again. Nothing.
The credit card machine is broken. It’s cash or nothing. And all we have is our credit card. No cash.
The woman in line behind us offers to pay for our sandwiches. She doesn’t know us. She is not concerned about getting her $15 back. She just genuinely is glad to help. Kindness. In unexpected ways.
Kindness happens everyday. So what makes this story unique or special? It’s special because it affected me in a way that was worth much more than the extra money somebody spent on my family. It’s special because not everyone would have done that. It’s special because I left the restaurant that day feeling a renewed sense of hope in our world. And the good that exists. It’s special because, even though kindness happens everyday, it doesn’t always happen.
The wonderful thing about kindness is that when we give this gift to others, those others often pass this gift on to someone else. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. Our one small act can really lead to many small acts of kindness. And many small acts of kindness, collectively, lead to world where we all treat each other as we would want to be treated. A world filled with love.
What can you do today to shed a little kindness in your world? It doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t just have to be with your money. It can be with your time. It can be with others skills you have to offer. Look for opportunities to spread the kindness bug. Let’s all make this world a kinder place, one small act at a time.