Random Acts of Kindness June 02, 2015 10:15
"Smile on your neighbor" & "Make the world a better place because you're in it" were the 2 things Mary's mother would say to us every time we walked out the front door. These words have carried us into peoples lives, made us question ourselves, and helped define who we have become.
The other day, while Mary waited (somewhat impatiently) to get her morning coffee, a woman cut her off and got in front of her in line... When it came time to pay, Mar was told that the woman in front of her (the budger!) had paid for her breakfast. We talked about this throughout the day... Did the woman budge her just so she could pay for her? Did she pay for her because she budged her? Did it matter?
Over the years we have made a point of complimenting people randomly. We will hang out a car window & yell "We LOVE your HAT!!" or stop a girl & tell her how great her hair looks. So often we see somebody & whisper to our friends, "That was a great pair of shoes!" Why don't we tell that person? Fear? Embarrassment? Silliness. How are we going to make the world a better place, if we cannot even compliment each other? Try it! It will surely put a smile on that persons face, and yours! We usually have sets of Dia or Freshie packs in our purses, so when people complement us, we can return the favor, by giving them a sample or a set! EVERYBODY likes free stuff!!
There are also times, you don't even need to say anything. About a year ago, I was sitting in JFK airport, crying. A man walked over to where I was sitting all alone, smiled and sat right next to me... Just sat. I have thought about that man so many times since. He didn't know me, he didn't know what I was going through, but he knew I was alone & very sad. And he smiled on his neighbor.
You're up. Make the world a better place because you're in it!