I am far from perfect.
There is a lot I do, that I wish I didn’t.
A lot I don’t do, that I wish I did.
But today, even with all my shortcomings I received a gift of kindness from someone I’ve never met.
It started with one person and has quickly snowballed into something much bigger. And so incredibly meaningful. My heart is simply bursting with gratitude.
In the day to day grind it’s quite simple to overlook the impact we can have on others. The smallest gesture. Intention. Can end up meaning the world to someone.
I am not suggesting we should do things with the hope or expectation that it will come back around. I’m also not suggesting that all efforts or actions will be appreciated or valued.
I am however saying, sometimes, when you least expect it, good things happen.
These days we see so much evil. So much hate – that its often difficult to see beyond. It’s easy to think the world is bad.
People are bad.
Today I was reminded that this is not true. I was reminded that at our core, so many of us are good. And kind. And thoughtful. And generous. And well intentioned. Sometimes we just need to be reminded. Or asked. And without fail we will rise to the occasion.
This holiday season I am now, because of this reminder from a stranger, committing to acts of kindness, big or small, every day through the end of this year. A conscious, active gesture that will hopefully impact someone, who will in turn pay it forward. This is something I, we, should commit to daily, year round. It can only make this world better. But for now. With one month left in 2018, I commit to daily acts of kindness.
Start small. You just never know what your effort will turn into.
To this kind, wonderful woman who has impressed upon me the importance of giving back and accepting kindness from strangers, thank you.
To everyone else, wont you join me?