One of the best things in life is free.
Doesn’t cost a penny.
Yet it continues to give and give and give.
What, you ask, is this mysterious gift?
The gift of kindness.
Some kindness is wild and crazy and reckless and random. Other kindness is more controlled and tamed. Some kindness is the rainy-day variety, astounding us with its rainbows through the mist. Other kindness is ordinary and almost expected.
Yet all of it probably should be regarded as a treasure. A garden, perhaps, to be cultivated in each of our lives.
So let’s start planting some more seeds, OK? Let’s consciously remember to be more present with those we meet today and tomorrow and, yep, even into the weekend. We can do it!
You’re wanting to know why I’m thinking of this today, aren’t you? Two random on-line posts sparked me to remember the power of kindness. The first was a Facebook status by my friend John. He wrote:
Now I know we don’t usually think of simply being fully present with another person as an act of kindness, but, truly, I do believe it is one of the biggest gifts we can give another person. After reading John’s status I vowed to be fully present with every person I met.
Next stop: the bank. The teller was a little rushed and preoccupied. I gave her my full attention, really not saying much, simply staying fully engaged with her. Before I left the bank, she was beaming. Truly beaming! And that was without more than six words of connection. Simply being very present to the beauty within her soul.
The rest of the morning in town was incredible. I think we undervalue the gifts of presence, a few words here and there, a smile, some encouragement. Many of us may feel lonely, hurting, suffering, confused, uncertain. Simple presence and sharing from another person can brighten the day of our neighbor, the owner of the coffee shop, someone walking down the street.
And sometimes we can be lead to do wild & crazy acts of random kindness. Like call over a complete stranger and whisper positive words in their ear. Perhaps draw a picture for a child in a restaurant.
Following our deepest inner promptings, we can make a difference in the lives of others. This morning, in the coffee shop, I paused by so many delightful blogs to admire the wide variety of sharing and to leave some words of appreciation. But one blog completely stunned me with its tale of random and not-so-random acts of kindness. You simply must read Julie’s blog and hear about the divine synchronicities of What Julie Learned in her post When we listen.
Julie, your sharing of this blog has inspired me so much today! Thank you from the bottom of a heart which now wants to spread more and more kindness. Hopefully it will be like a stone tossed in a pond with the ripples of kindness spiralling in wider and wider circles.
I can’t even begin to list the hundreds of thousands of random acts of kindness that have made a difference in my life. Every day, simply by reading or commenting here, you brighten my day and often make a difference to many others.
Let’s all re-dedicate ourselves to share more kindness! And I would love to hear of some random and not-so-random ways you have shared kindness with others recently (or have been gifted with some yourself.)