“I expect to pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this way again.”
-William Penn (1644-1718)
Founder Of Pennsylvania, United States
What if more people did nice things without expecting any recognition or praise; nice just to be nice? I have always considered myself to be a nice person & I’m sure you’re a nice person as well, but it should be about more than that. Countless times a day we are all presented with options to do a little more.
I wouldn’t talk behind your back or think poorly of you if you didn’t grasp the opportunity every time – but every once in a while – grab on and go with it.
Some time ago I came across, The Birthday Project. (That’s clickable – check it out). It all started when one woman posted this & what it has become is fabulous. What they stand for is pretty commendable & heartwarming; they promote Random Acts Of Kindness. More specifically, they encourage you to do these things on days when typically, you would be the one getting gifts & having pleasant things done for you. The Birthday Project encourages you to gain pleasure by doing delightful things for someone else on your birthday, anniversary, etc… Interesting concept, eh?
Random acts of kindness do not need to be of large magnitude. They don’t have to cost you anything & they don’t have to be time consuming; the size of your kindness does not matter. What matters is that you are helping – making someone happy & in turn…hopefully a chain reaction will begin.
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
-Diana Spencer (1961-1997)
Princess Of Wales
If you’re not really grasping what I’m trying to say…You can Google It (made it pretty simple for you). There are examples of kindness eeevvvverywhere. I’ll even do ya one better – I’ll be nice & give you some ideas.
- Let someone go ahead of you in line – especially if they have a few items & your cart is spilling over.
- Mail a card or letter to someone you haven’t spoken to in a while (or, someone you spoke to yesterday – everyone loves getting mail).
- Feed an expired meter.
- Offer to return a shopping cart to the cart carral for someone– or better yet, take it back into the store.
- Compliment your co-worker, spouse, child or even a stranger. We all know how a nice statement acknowledging something on us or about us, can make a day a little better.
- Tape some spare change to a vending machine.
- Rather than speed up to get ahead of the person merging on the highway – slow down and let them merge – stress free.
Not everyone will appreciate the kind gestures but thankfully, that’s not what it’s all about. It is for the people who need a good pick-me-up just because. I need it every so often; you do & so do those strangers scowling while waiting in line. Let them go ahead of you.
“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”
-Saint Basil (329-379)
Bishop Of Cesarea