Yesterday my cousin was kind enough to take me with him on his monthly trip to Costco. As always, I found some good deals for my family. And the best deal was finding some prawns – prawns which my husband cooked for the family.
The dish was absolutely delicious: the vegetables a perfect compliment to the marinated shellfish. I always appreciate it when my husband generously takes on the task of feeding the family – it gives me a break and I get to taste cooking different from my own.
Each day when we walk out of our homes, we can make the decision to help others just a little: to hold the door open, pick up a glove someone may have dropped, help someone cross the road. We may think of these things as little and inconsequential. However, one small act of kindness does have a ripple effect.
The following video shows how the act of helping others can gain momentum and become something greater than that small gesture we have made. (Warning: you may be in need of a kleenex when you watch this).
Often I do these acts without thought. Now I am wondering how my small acts have snowballed. I do know that I am always grateful for the small kindnesses that are offered to me – especially when I am in need of the help.
Have you been the recipient of a kindness today? What was it?
I have always lived by the maxim: help others when they are in need and the kindness will be returned when you require help. I have been told that sometimes I am too kind, that I help people too much when they do not return the favour. But I have continued doing what I feel comfortable with: helping an elderly woman walk on a slippery sidewalk, holding the heavy door open for the woman pushing the stroller, greeting the driver as I climb on the bus, going the extra mile to help someone who needs it. In return, there have been times when the door has been opened for me, or someone has kindly shown me the way to my destination, or helped me out when I have been in a bit of a fix.
It has been recently, though, that a series of kindnesses on the part of different people have set the stage to potential changes in my life and the life of my family. One person spoke up on my behalf when I had not been heard; another picked up the phone to create a connection; another answered the phone to respond to questions on my integrity. I am thankful for these small kindnesses of these people. Their actions have shown me that being kind is not a weakness; being kind is not something to be ashamed of. Instead, being kind is the catalyst that may change the direction of a person’s day, or even their life.
Being kind to others is an intrinsic part of who I am. And I have felt blessed to have been the recipient of life-altering acts of kindness.
Have you experienced a kindness which has changed the direction of your day? Or even the direction of your life?