I found out last night that a man who walks by our house everyday is the son of a friend. I have seen him many times but felt no real connection to him until I learned he belongs to someone I care about. All of a sudden I felt linked to him. I felt like he somehow mattered to me in a different way. It was an important reminder to me that we are all connected and that I should take care to see everyone as “sons and daughters” of my friends. This would encourage me to love them better, to give them more, to notice them intently.
Imagine what the world would be like if we saw ourselves connected to each other. If I do wrong by you, I hurt us all. If I do right by you, I bless us all. Today we share a story of how one woman used what she had to make a difference in the lives of many. It may not seem like much, but I think it is. Watch her story below…
Tinney allowed herself to feel connected to the kids passing by her home. She opened her heart and even though they were not “her” kids or grandkids, she took responsibility for making their day a little brighter. Her steady commitment to openness and kindness came back to her multiplied. Her friendly waves came back to her in an ocean wave of gratitude. A simple act had far reaching ramifications.
We never know when one simple act of “seeing” another person, acknowledging them and showing them kindness might change the course of their life. I have often heard stories of someone’s kindness interrupting a person’s thoughts of suicide. The truth is, you have the power to change a life and even save a life, just by a simple act of kindness.
What small thing can you do to share Goodness in the world? Is there an act of kindness that you can commit yourself to on a regular basis? I challenge you to pick something today and commit to doing it for a week. See how you feel at the end of the week. Did this conscious choice to do Good change the way you feel?
Here are some ideas to spark your imagination:
- Share the compliments that pass through your head. Open up and say the Good stuff! Don’t miss an opportunity to encourage someone.
- Hold the door for someone every chance you get. Smile at them as they pass you.
- Tip extra and be kind to your wait staff.
- Send notes of encouragement.
- Do something thoughtful for the teachers in your life.
- Determine to be a good listener to your family members.
- Share something with someone else everyday – flowers from your yard, a meal, a smile…
Your unique Goodness is inside you waiting to be shared. You do not have to be Mother Teresa to change the world. Choose something that you can give and give it like Tinney did, one wave at a time!
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” Aesop
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