It takes just a moment in time to make an indelible mark in someone’s life. It takes just a moment to carve your name on someone’s heart with your little act of kindness. Just like spreading grains for merry birds to eat, your kindness may be all someone needs to put a smile on her face. Sometimes it is difficult to recognize the moment to show kindness. Sometimes the moment may be lost to us in our hurry to meet up with life’s challenges. It may be lost to us while we are brooding over our disappointments. How often do you notice that your colleague has been wearing a long face not because she’s too lazy to do her work but because of the pressures at home. How often do you say a genuine word of encouragement to that menial worker you see everyday? How often do you dismiss a plea for help as bogus when you could have lent a helping hand? How often do you randomly help strangers? Have you ever taken time to talk to someone that is facing a challenge? Sometimes your reassuring voice telling her everything will be fine may be all she needs.
I once heard a story of a girl that went to see a priest. Such was her pain that she couldn’t handle it on her own. The priest was in a hurry and he asked her to wait. He didn’t understand the urgency, the desperation in her tone as she pleaded with him to help her. He didn’t refuse to help her…he just couldn’t do it then. She had to wait for him to finish saying mass. Oh yes she did wait…long enough to commit suicide. By the time he was ready for her it was too late. No one knew what her desperation was about. He failed to recognize the moment.
I showed a little kindness to someone. All I did was talk to her patiently during a trying moment even though I was really tired and it wasn’t convenient for me. I didn’t even know how much it meant to her. It was years later that she told me my kind words had kept her strong in her difficult times. I didn’t turn away when she needed me and she would never forget that. Automatically I had been elevated to her personal wall of fame – a place reserved for people that positively affect our lives. I cherished those words and realized that nothing trumps the feeling of knowing how important you are to someone!
Ladies, do you want to be placed on someone’s wall of fame? Then go out of your way to show kindness to someone. Even if she forgets, history will never forget and most importantly God will never forget.
Dare to be a difference…
10 Random acts of kindness
- Pay a strangers transport fare
- Say “Good morning” to a person standing next to you in the elevator.
- Take a minute to give directions to someone who is lost even though you’re in a hurry.
- Volunteer for charity organized for children
- Offer to run errands for an elderly neighbor
- Give alms to less privileged persons
- Say “I love you” to someone
- Each time you get a new item of clothing, give away something old.
- Offer to assist someone with her luggage
- Say “please” and “thank you”—and really mean it.
- When you’re on a crowded train or bus, offer your seat to an elderly, disabled or pregnant person.