In a time when the news seems at its worse, we are attempting to grasp and understand how all the tragedy and violence we are facing is happening.
Everything around us almost seems out of control.
I dream of days where people did not hate or take advantage of each other.
I dream of a time where Americans put their differences aside and accepted everyone for who they are.
I dream of days when the world isn’t about ego, power, and money.
I dream of a time when violence subsided and love took over.
While it is common to be attracted to the headlines of violence and drama, it can take a toll on society as a whole. In some ways, we lose our faith in humanity. Besides public policy opinions and political views causing Americans to clash, people are busy in their own worlds, dealing with their everyday stressors, jobs, problems, and families.
It is easy to forget the importance of being kind to each other when life is hurried or there is not enough time in our days to complete all we have to. We teach our children not to talk to strangers and tend to treat strangers as the predators we are trying to keep our children away from.
We are often in a rush and do not realize the lack of consideration we impose on others around us. What would happen if everyone became more considerate, more patient, and kinder?
I have slowed down and now each day I’m cognizant of how I deal with strangers crossing my path. I let people have the right away at a stop sign or to cross a parking lot even when I am running late. I will wait longer than normal if someone is walking up to a door to enter a store so I can hold that door for them. I smile at people while walking down the street. I engage in conversation with people ringing me up or waiting on me at a restaurant. I focus on paying it forward each time someone does something kind to me.
Every act of kindness grows the spirit and strengthens the soul. Where there is kindness, there is goodness.
Human kindness is one of the best things we can see, do, and feel. It brings us together, warms the heart, and creates smiles. Jump on the kindness bandwagon today and take care of those around you each day; do it for your families, your friends, and those strangers who you encounter.
How you ask?
Hold a door. Give someone the right away when driving. Pick some flowers and take them to someone. Write a letter to someone far away. Share the experience with your kids of taking old toys to donate. Volunteer. Take a bag of canned goods to the local food bank. Take old books or magazines to a nursing home. Say ‘hi’ to someone. Thank a veteran or police officer for his service. Pay for the toll for the car behind you crossing a bridge. Teach your children kindness. Give up your spot in line for someone with fewer items to pay for. Put a coin in an expired meter. Place a shopping cart back in its place. Pick up trash. Pass along a great book you have read.
The list is endless for what we can do and it is almost effortless most of the time. Let’s take care of each other and watch out for each other in a way we never have before.
Like poet and playwright Oscar Wilde said, “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” It is the littlest of things that touch us the most. Make kindness a part of your lifestyle; it will come naturally.
Share the importance of kindness in all those around you.
Live with compassion.
Let’s restore faith in humanity as it is such an incredibly beautiful part of life.