“The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention.”
A number of years ago it became popular to talk about and practice
“random acts of kindness”. That is still an excellent focus of
attention. It is especially true if you are someone who is caught
up in your own world so much that you seldom see the opportunities
that exist around you for lending just a little touch of kindness.
Your actions can be so simple; give the cashier eye-contact and
genuinely say thank you, hold the door open for the elderly person
with a cane, carry something for someone whose hands are full or
thank the people you live with for doing their share of the
mechanics of living.
Think back to a random act of kindness someone did for you and how
good it felt. If you are someone who prides yourself on being
self-sufficient, the next time someone offers you a random act of
kindness, receive it. You will be giving both of you a gift.
Notice all the times you have opportunities to bestow a kind act on
someone and listen to the reasons you don’t do it. Some of the
most common excuses are being too busy, not wanting to interfere or
be intrusive, or not knowing what to say or do. There are no right
or wrong ways to be kind. Dare to push your limits a bit and take
the first step.
Today practice a random act of kindness and tell no one about it.
“Character building begins in our infancy and continues until
– Eleanor Roosevelt