Thankful for Simple Acts of Kindness

Today let’s give thanks for simple acts of kindness.

It doesn’t take much effort at all – just a small gesture – to make or break another person’s moment, or even their entire day.

Think about the people you encounter in your daily travels. Do you smile at them? Do they smile at you?

If someone seems to be struggling, do you stop to help?

The next time you’re trying to leave the store with an armful of packages or a small child on your hip… will some kind person think to hold that door open for you?

Sometimes we forget to offer other people simple acts of kindness.

We grow distracted by whomever’s competing for our attention via text or email.

We rush to squeeze in one more task or activity – and we become stressed, cranky and unwilling to give even a moment more of our precious, fleeting time.

What’s the secret to having more time, and patience, to offer those small acts of kindness that mean so much?

Perhaps the key is to say NO to things we just can’t feasibly get to.

No, we can’t double-book plans in a single Saturday.

Sorry, but we won’t be able to bake for the rummage sale because we’re already committed to a soccer game that day.

Saying no to plans in the future might leave us some room to respond in the present, with kindness to those small, unexpected situations that crop up.

Sure, we could ignore the elderly man in line in front of us who dropped his pen while writing a check, because we were busy using our smart phone to rifling through online coupons.

But maybe we can splurge the 50-cent savings on making a senior feel special and cared about, even for a minute, on his one day out this week.

Will your gestures be kind today? How can you show others small acts of caring?

Proverbs 16:24 – “Kind words are like honey—sweet to the taste and good for your health.”

JOURNAL EXERCISE:
Practice Being Kind Today

What would you consider a small act of kindness? Some possibilities…

Offering a smile to a stranger

Buying a cup of coffee for the person behind you in line at Dunkin Donuts

Letting another car in front of you on the highway

Giving up your seat on the bus to an elderly person or expectant mother

(Add 4 or 5 more of your own).

Think of places you go every day where you might get a chance to perform a small act of kindness.

Who can you help? Animals? Children? Elderly people?

Make a list of possible kind acts you could share, that won’t require you to block out time on your already-busy days.

How can you be kind to others?

What do you wish people would do more of for you, in the way of small acts of kindness?

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