“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~ Aesop
A cold morning, even for us. Fresh snow from the day before blanketed the browned lawns throughout the neighborhood. For a fourth grade boy, the draw toward the powdery white was too much.
The day was Friday. In the comfort of a warmed car, we drove up to the bus stop. Little Bear could wait with me for his bus to arrive. The draw toward the powdery white…
Little Bear needed to get out, to run in the fresh, white snow. To make a snowball. And at his bus stop, two other neighborhood girls were getting out of their car to wait for the bus, as well. First grade. Kindergarten. New kids to our neighborhood, having just moved in within the past month. On this cold morning, even for us, three kids now playing in the powdery white.
And then it happened. Without prompting. Not something I did. Not something his mother had done.
The first grade girl was struggling to get her mittens on. Hands freezing. On this cold, cold morning. Little Bear removed his gloves. Set them down. Little Bear then helped her to get her mittens on. Cooling his hands to help her warm hers… Unaware he was being watched. Just doing this because it was “right”.
As his parent, I could say that it’s what we’ve taught him to do. I could say we actively practice this at home. That we talk about being kind, being polite, doing what’s “right”…
And yet, I believe this act – this one small bit of kindness – was not something we taught. Not something we practiced doing at home. This one small bit of kindness came from deep within, from knowing what is right. From our built-in radar that says “this is right”.
What’s On Your Radar Screen?
We all have opportunities, every day, to be a little kinder. To help. To serve. Is your built-in radar seeing these opportunities? Or, have you become “too busy” to notice what’s on this radar screen?
Life happens. For all of us. It’s easy to focus on “me”. We all seem to have enough to worry about, right?
Your built-in radar is picking up opportunities to share your kindness. Slow down and take a look at that screen. See what’s on there. Then take a few simple moments out of your day, out of your world – to make someone else’s world better. Be a light for others. Spread good.
Kindness comes in small gestures…