“Remember, there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end”. – Scott Adams
Kindness is all around us. It is the great equalizer. Kindness does not care where you live, what kind of car you drive, if you are successful, whether you are a parent, a child, went to Yale or came from jail. We all have the capacity to be kind.
Kindness is decision. Every human interaction that we have has a point of decision. . . Am I improving this person’s life or day because our lives crossed, is our interaction completely neutral (which in some cases can be seen as positive), or am I making this person’s day worse. I have lived for many years with with belief that Good Deeds are contagious. Have you ever stopped to let someone in to heavy traffic, and then seen them in turn let someone else in? Those good deeds and that good vibration transfers forward and like a silver wave of happiness, it cannot be stopped. The ripple effect that Adams references above can start with one person making a decision to proactively “be kind” to everyone they meet today.
Kindness is courage. Sometimes it takes courage to be the bigger person and rise above criticism, or to say something positive when the Vibe around you is all negative. It takes courage to stand against the crowd and break the cycle that is going off track and down an unproductive road. It takes courage to shift the direction of a vibe that is off course, or to start a whole new direction.
Kindness is action. The impact of thinking about kind thoughts or deeds and thinking unkind or even neutral thoughts creates the same result. When no action takes place – the result is the same – no one knows you were thinking of you, no one’s day was changed, no one’s heart is lightened.
Kindness is free to give but it’s abundance is endless. We all have the capacity and can make all the difference on a daily basis, through decision, courage and action. What is the legacy that you will leave today?
“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything but still I can do something. I will not refuse to do the something I can do.” – Helen Keller