“How do we change the world? One random act of kindness at a time.” — Morgan Freeman
As we head towards Valentine’s Day, I’ve been noticing little acts of care and kindness.
I am grateful for the grocery clerk who noted one of my purchases was ‘buy one, get one free’ and reminded me I’d missed picking up the free item. I appreciated my neighbor who called to tell me my car door was not fully shut. Bill and I have enjoyed recent emails from friends thanking us for our holiday card.
These are all examples of small gestures that took just a little time. All were moments of connection – a reminder of our shared humanity.
I like Morgan Freeman’s quote above yet wonder, were these acts of kindness random? Each was random in its spontaneity. And too, each felt intentional. Those who extended these small kindnesses I imagine are people who do so over and over each day. These are folks I sense who are intentionally kind as their ‘way of being’ in the world. Their acts of kindness feel anything but random.
If you Google ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ you’ll pull up lists upon lists of small actions that make a difference. A few examples: “Give an unexpected compliment”… “Scrape the ice off a neighbor’s windshield after you’ve finished doing yours” … “Write a letter of encouragement to a child you know is having a hard time”…”Slow down so someone can merge in front of you in traffic.”
What one extra act of kindness might you extend this Valentine’s week?
Being kind helps us see further opportunities for connection. Being kind reminds us of what we can do in times when the world’s challenges seem overwhelming. Being kind changes our outlook.
Being kind is a part of changing the world.
Happy Valentine’s Day,