Ever since I began working with Mike on The Kindness Blog, I find myself constantly on the lookout for kindness everywhere I go. Some days, I am overwhelmed by the love and kindness in the world, and other days, I wonder where all the love and kindness have gone. One theme that I have noticed is how, quite often, the smallest acts of kindness can mean the most to the recipient. Today, I found myself surrounded by examples of this theme that left me asking myself what if we. . .
- smiled at, and made eye contact with, people we encounter, instead of looking down at our tablets, shutting out the world with our headphones, talking on our cell phones, etc.?
- took time to thank people, instead of taking them for granted?
- used social media to promote others in a positive manner, rather than shaming or humiliating them?
- doled out compliments to ourselves and others as readily as we dole out criticisms?
- offered an apology, instead of serving up an excuse?
- donated our time, talent, and treasure to help those in need in our local and global communities, instead of waiting for someone else to step up and do it?
- truly loved and respected ourselves, instead of wallowing in self-loathing and self-sabotaging?
- lifted people up, instead of tearing them down?
- found reasons to include people, instead of excluding them?
- gave people a hand up, instead of keeping our hands to ourselves?
- made kindness a way of life, instead of a random act?
What if we did all of these things and performed countless other acts of love, kindness, and service? Could we change the world? Save a life? End conflicts and wars? Well, there’s only way to find out . . .
Just one thing each day . . .