I was listening the radio this morning while I driving to work. The local DJ mentioned doing a random act of kindness this week and gave five examples of things you could do for people. The first was to pay for the person in line behind you at the drive thru. I don’t know what the others were because I stopped listening as my mind wandered.
Why is kindness random? Why is it something we need to be encouraged to do? When did this happen? When did we go from being naturally kind and polite to being whatever it is we are now? Why does someone being kind surprise you?
My daddy spanked me only twice when I was growing up. One of those times was because I was unkind and hurt another child’s feelings. I think that we, as a people, need to bring kindness back. It doesn’t need to be something random, a momentary gesture that allows us to pat ourselves on the back. It needs to be something that we practice everyday.
Here are my suggestions for moving past random acts of kindness and making being kind a habit.
1. Smile. Have you ever noticed that when you smile at people they smile back? It is an amazing and simple gesture.
2. Say please and thank you. And mean it. These are three words that have never hurt anyone. We teach them to our children, but seem to forget them as we age.
3. Listen. Plato was right. You never know what someone may be going through. Open up your ears and heart to the plight of others.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” Plato
These are three small things. Easy little gestures that you can work into your day and use for everyone you meet. Kindness does not have to be random. The more we practice the actions the more they become a part of our lives. Let’s take kindness back.