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My Simple Acts of Kindness

Elizabeth

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Jan 12th, 2013

Women in produce aisle

We live in a world that is at least partially our creation. Each of us is responsible for a small part of what our world looks like, and the only part we really have the ability to change is ourselves. What if everyone in our house, or our block or our community did one simple little thing that felt like an act of kindness to someone else? What if that all happened on the same day. What kind of day would that be in our world?

What effect does it have on me when I experience a simple act of kindness? I know that I move through the next few moments in time feeling more positive and hopeful about human beings, human culture, and my immediate world. In fact, I am more likely to be kind to someone else shortly after that happens.

Then I forget, go back to my usually less than totally conscious way of interacting with the world, but sometimes, I have moments of grace where I remember that I need to create the kindness I wish to experience. I need to do that ahead of any expectation that the world will be that way in return and to do that without strings attached.

That’s when:

  • I stop to let someone pull in front of me.
  • Let someone who seems to be in a hurry cut in line.
  • Wait an extra ten seconds to hold the door for someone.
  • Offer to take groceries to the car, not because it’s my job, and not because there is an expectation, but precisely because there is not.

So what did you do or what will you do this week that is a simple act of kindness? It could be something simple or small. It could be something easy that any of us could do and that might make a small difference in someone’s world. Let’s do it. Not because we should, but because we can!

Ron Kaz

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