On first blush, one would think not, but let’s think about this a little more.
If everyone did a small act of kindness for someone else, and the recipient paid it forward by doing a small act of kindness for another person, and so on and so on, then perhaps the answer would be YES.
Aesop says: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
Furthermore, Gary Chapman, an ordained minister, marriage counselor and best-selling author, notes the following in his book, Love as a Way of Life:
“Never underestimate the power of kind words to change someone’s life. …Kind words affirm who people are and what they do. …Kind words see the best in the individual and call it forth.”
So this week why not try an act of kindness or two or more. Perhaps you could:
- offer a warm smile to those you meet walking down the street,
- hold the door open to let someone behind you pass through, even if you have to wait a little while for them to get there,
- let someone go ahead of you in the checkout line,
- give a compliment to the cashier,
- buy the coffee of the person behind you in the coffee shop line, or
- tip your server well and write a note of thanks on the bill.
Whatever it is you do, just do it. Don’t be shy! Offer a little kindness to someone and make a difference in the world.
Whether the recipient of your act of kindness accepts it, rejects it, or reciprocates it is not under your control (or your responsibility). Allow them the freedom to respond to your act of kindness as they please. In the end, it is really about the giver of the act, rather than the receiver. You, as the giver, have grown your attitude of kindness with every act of kindness you do and observe in your daily life.
So this week, be still, be kind, and be love. You will live abundantly!