If you are like me, when you encounter exceptionally nice people, or people who seem particularly gentle and thoughtful to others, you might take a mental note. I notice these type of exchanges at random times and places. I am not referring to times of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods or just chaotic events, but just simple acts of kindness in everyday life towards others. Genuine kindness flows from the heart, while superficial actions often come from learned behaviors. Most of us can tell the difference.
The battle of good and evil deep within us seems to war throughout the day. It is easier being selfish and distant than being warm and kind. I find myself constantly challenged in my pursuit of kindness for mankind. It is hard stuff, but at the end of the day, I believe that all of us want to feel good about our actions and behaviors. Our hope is to become more sensitive and passionate about our own personal development.
Here is a quick list of “10 Random Acts of Kindness” from my note to self list.
1. Make eye contact and smile at others every chance you get.
2. Look for a way to give a compliment to someone and brighten their day.
3. Pay for the car’s food order behind you at the drive through. (amazing gift)
4. Help a senior citizen load their groceries in their car in the parking lot.
5. Add coins to someone’s expired parking meter.
6. Take your (read) current magazines to a business that could use them.
7. Post positive comments on a community web page of a service you enjoyed.
8. Get involved and take part in a non-profit organization you value.
9. Write a thank you note and send to someone who deserves it (snail mail style).
10. Write a note of appreciation to your mail person or a card to thank them.
The ideas are endless, the acts are kind, and the effects will echo in eternity. The choices we make and the chances we take, determine the satisfaction with life. Live with passion and believe that you can make a difference. You have the exact message that (someone) is waiting to hear. Try being larger than yourself and experiment with life that’s outside of your comfort zone. Who knows, it might be fun.
Be aware that we live in a world that is hypnotically entranced by the (i) culture, as much as we have embraced and accepted it, consider the huge influence of the little letter (i). You might recognize the gigantic impact of the (i) trend on our everyday life, i.e. iPhone, iPad, iPod, iMessage for just a few. And let’s not forget about the powerful little word (me). This is now synchronized in our culture with phrases like, follow me, join me, etc. What does this indicate for the future?
What is the most radical act of kindness or goodwill you have ever done?