Sunday, February 6, 2011
Small...I mean Small acts of kindness go so very very far for being so small!
I don't know if it is because as an adult you hear more of the bad things that are happening in the world or all around you or even with your friends and what they have to go through. I don't know if it's because as a child you are more focused on yourself than other. What I do know is this ... the smallest acts of kindness make the world of difference.
I experienced this tonight. Today was a hard day. Kids fighting, not listening, getting nothing done was what I was dealing with. I went to the food store to get milk and when I came out, a man took my cart and put it away for me. You may say, what that is just... Nothing big.. but to me, it made my night. He may not have even thought about it or even cared. He was just putting away his card and took mine as well. But to me it was him showing kindness to a stranger.
So, I guess I write this for two reasons. The first reason is the littlest things you may not know you do... could mean the world to another person. A smile, opening the door for someone, or a phone call to say hi I'm thinking about you are all things that could change the outlook on someone bad day. The second reason is a reminder to start teaching our children to recognize the little things you do mean a lot! Helping a brother or sister while they are feeling sad. Or sharing a toy with a friend could change their outlook on that day. To start to make it a natural thing to just think of others, not for a reaction, or for a Thank you but just because that is what God calls us to do!
I pray that tomorrow, I may be more conscious of not holding back with the little things I can do, to who ever I see or come in contact with, where ever I may be.