This post is inspired once again by something asked of the participants at kickboxing class. Our instructor, Amy, asked each of us to tell of a random act of kindness done to us, or done by us. There were some really great comments, and things that people have done for other people. One lady had even bought another person’s groceries when they didn’t have enough money at the checkout line. We were also then asked to think about what we could do for someone else this week.
This led me to think about what I could do that is out of the ordinary. I do hold the door for people, I help people carry things that are too heavy for them, or if they have more items than they can carry, at the store where I work. But that’s just customer service.
While shopping, when I go to get a cart, if there is someone with small children or an older person, I will give them a cart and get another for myself. I will reach things on the top shelf for people who are shorter than me, because I can reach the top shelf and they can’t. I also try to always have a smile on my face, and I really try hard to never talk on my cell phone while the clerk is checking out my items. But that’s just good manners.
What can I do that’s out of the ordinary for me?
But this thinking also made me think about how sometimes, the one who needs the biggest act of kindness is our self.
I think most of the time, I am my biggest critic, and I think this is true for most people. We are too hard on ourselves when we make a mistake, even though we know that everyone makes mistakes. We find it hard to forgive ourselves, even though we would forgive anyone else who did the same thing in a second. We expect perfection from ourselves, even though we know no one is perfect.
So perhaps, one of the random acts of kindness I should do, is not to berate myself for getting behind on my paperwork. Maybe I should walk by the sink full of dishes and go for a walk on a nice day. The dishes will still be there when I get back! (Unless my dear husband does them, which he does on a regular basis.)
Speaking of Dear Husband, its his birthday on Thursday. Maybe my random act of kindness will be to have an extra piece of cheesecake with our birthday dinner! But what I’ll do for someone else, I will keep thinking. I believe that if I ask The Universe (God) for this opportunity, it will be provided. I’ll get back to you on what happens.
What are random acts of kindness you have experienced in your life? (Either given or gotten?) I would love to hear about them in the comment section!