Often we read or hear ‘feel good’ stories where a person has gone that little bit further and extended a kindness to those who need it.
This is not a bad thing.
In fact, it is absolutely brilliant.
I have blogged so many times about kindness and its effects not only upon ourselves but on those around us.
However, I believe that in our efforts to point out the kindness of others through the avenue of social media, we often overlook the every day kindness of those around us.
Although the acts of kindness of our family, friends (and sometimes complete strangers) aren’t magnificent or newsworthy, they are acts of kindness and selflessness nonetheless.
What about the neighbours who collect mail and watch homes when someone in their street is away?
Or the lady who ushers you ahead of her in the line at the supermarket checkout?
The gentleman who opens the door and holds it open whilst you manoeuver a baby pram?
The person who races after you to give you back whatever you may have just dropped or left behind?
A mother who drives to school to pick up a child to save them walking home in rain?
I’m sure that you could add many other examples to this small list.
Many would say that these are the acts of person showing common decency or love but are they not also acts of kindness?
It really isn’t hard to incorporate kindness into your life and become a selfless person. To do this is to become more self aware.
Acts of kindness don’t have to be the stuff of heroics. They can be a million little things. Little things that are often overlooked but when practiced on a daily basis become part of the fabric of our lives and that of others.
Kindness is like a smile.
It is contagious.
So here is my challenge to you today.