I was out walking the other day with my 70kg worth of dogs, pram and child, when a woman stopped her car, wound down her window and spoke to me. She told me that she has seen me out walking and admires how I make it look so easy (she obviously hasn’t seen me try to rein in the beasts when they see a cat across the road) and how I’ve inspired her to get out more with her dogs and kids.
Wow. I’ve inspired someone? Those few minutes she took out of her day to stop and tell me that made my day. She could have kept on driving. But she stopped, and said something kind. It got me thinking, “what has happened to those small acts of kindness?”
Like letting someone in front of you in the traffic. Or when someone lets you in to the queue, you wave as a gesture of thanks. These days it’s more likely that if you don’t let someone in to the queue, they honk their horn and flip you the bird. Or when you do let them in, they’re so busy then trying to duck and weave to the front of the line, they completely ignore you and cut off other drivers.
The small acts of kindness don’t have to cost anything, or even disrupt your day. I’m not talking about giving a total stranger a kidney, although that would be amazing. Just something small. Like if you see a mum struggling to wrangle her kids and unload her groceries on the conveyor belt at the shops, offer to help unload her trolley. Someone did this once for me and I was completely shocked by the act. But so grateful. I didn’t want to ask anyone for help. I should be able to be Supermum and do it all myself. But sometimes if someone were to offer to help, it would be fantastic. That act of kindness would be greatly appreciated.
Now I don’t think by any means, that this post will cause some global movement into reintroducing random small acts of kindness. But maybe it might inspire you to think about what small, simple things you could do to make someone else’s day brighter or easier?
I’d love to hear of the small things someone has done for you to brighter or make your day easier.
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