What a difference your kindness makes for YOU!
Random acts of kindness may come in different forms. For example, someone who discretely helps out a person on the grocery check out line with a couple of dollars when the person discovers he/she does not have enough money to complete their purchase.. or if perfect stranger stops to offer assistance with a flat tire or someone offers to help you with a heavy load. Simple things like this and more. I can bet that throughout your life, someone has offered you a random act of kindness...something unexpected, simple and yet meaningful! But how easily is it forgotten? For some reason we seemed to be driven toward remembering the negative that has happened and create a narrative revolving around how difficult things are. Studies have demonstrated that there is an innate tendency to focus on the negative. If a project you completed was evaluated by 25 persons and 24 offered good to great reviews, and 1 offered a negative review...or you see a report card with 5 A's and 1 B... which would be your tendency to focus on? Some argue that it depends on if you are "glass half full" person or a "glass half empty" person... which is valid; but for the most part, there is the a tendency to focus on the negative... Hence, we see bad news flooding the media each and every day that reinforces this tendency. But how can we counter this?
Today I read a quote by Nathaniel Brandon; " As spiritual advice 'follow your bliss' is well-intentioned, perhaps, but clearly inadequate. If one wished to reduce morality to a single sentence (which is a dubious endeavor), one had better say, 'live consciously; take responsibility for your choices and actions; respect the rights of others; and follow your bliss'. But of, course life is much too complex for moral one-liners, except insofar as they serve as reminders of basic principles."
Life is complex and no one answer fits all, but his quote is extremely valid. And what I do know is that living consciously and in the moment is key. (See Living in the Moment post) AND when a random act of kindness is offered and received, there is a softening... a sense of joy and hope that money cannot buy. I believe that if we all engaged more frequently in random acts of kindness, the better we can feel about ourselves, our community, and our world!! Live consciously, give more, appreciate more, smile more, and your focus will shift toward the innate good in you and the positive in life! Let go of preconceived notions or judgement and just do it! It will make a difference!
I want to thank those who have offered me a random act of kindness throughout my life. And for those I have been able to offer a random act of kindness, you made a difference in life!
Peace, Light, and Well-being!