I was always taught to perform an act of kindness every day. Whatever it may be a huge one or the smallest act, it’s all significant. At the same time, I find that the people who appear least deserving of your kindness are the ones you should indeed perform your good deed to.
A single act of kindness throws out roots in all direction,
and the roots spring up and make new trees.
The greatest work that kindness does to others,
is that it makes them kind themselves.
– Amelia Earhart –
When I was a little girl & we took street carts to the city and it was jammed pack with people while my grandma told me to sit, who was clearly older then me while she stood I knew deep down the rules she taught me. As soon as an elderly lady or man entered the cart I would stand up and offer up my seat. It’s just how I was brought up and it cannot be changed now, it’s part of who I am.
In my teens I was at our local down town market square with few friends while a lady walked out of the restroom with a wad of toilet paper dragging by her shoe and while my friends chuckled I quickly ran up to her and told her to save her unpleasant embarrassment. I was nudged and poked why I told but I could care less what my friends thought of me.
About 5 years ago I was driving through Tim Horton’s. I decided to pay for the vehicle behind me their purchase and with my luck it was only two cups of coffee. I paid for it and drove away while the lady at the window gave me a huge sincere smile. No thank you was needed from the recipient unknowing behind me and it left me feeling absolutely amazing. These are just few of the countless times for me for some reason reflected today.
It doesn’t matter how the pay it forward is returned to you or if ever is. I just love doing these kinds of things and it always feels pretty amazing. There are no words to describe the feeling. About a year ago, it happened to me. Someone actually bought me my coffee while in the drive through line and I immediately thought about my action few years prior. All I could do was smile all the way home.
The truth is, kind things have always happened to me. Now that I am older, I reflect on them and it’s amazing how beautiful the circle of return is.
What about an act of kindness towards a human who perhaps doesn’t like you and when you help them, they don’t even know about it? I’ve done it multiple times too. There is something so appealing to help a person who would least expect it from you.
It doesn’t matter if the people know or don’t know about your help and I rather they did not. If you can help anyone it’s all the same as is the inner reward.
Help is universal and speaks all languages. People can be so uptight and hung up on so many issues in life, they so easily forget the simple human nature of some things that cannot be explained.
It is not how much you do,
but how much love you put
into the doing that matters.
– Mother Theresa –