People come into our lives sometimes for long periods, and other times for only a moment. Those we remember most fondly, are usually the ones who were kindest to us. That does not necessarily include family or friends. It could be a stranger.
Sometimes the words and actions of a stranger hold more value than those of a loved one. Unlike a family member or friend, a stranger is not obligated to express kindness toward us. Most of the time their intentions are pure, without expecting anything in return. They’re not concerned with earning ‘brownie points’. They simply say or do, whatever is in their heart at that moment.
Quite often, it’s the simple gestures that make the most impact. For instance, taking a moment to hold the door open for someone, or stopping to help them pick up an item that they’ve dropped on the ground. Helping someone load their groceries into the car or helping a child to stand after they’ve fallen.
Aside from actions, the words we speak can also make a difference. One kind word may be all it takes to brighten someone’s day. A compliment made, a sincere hello, or a kind observation, can change a bad day into a wonderful one. Delaying an errand to chat with someone who is lonely or hurting, could change their entire perspective on life.
Most of us could look back over the years and share a time when a stranger touched our life. Our own personal experiences is proof that kindness is not easily forgotten. Therefore, when we show kindness toward another we may never know the full impact, but we can know with almost certainty that at the very least, it will be appreciated.
Kindness should be shown to everyone, regardless of color, social status or age. It should be shown to those who are in need, just as much as it should to those who are not. We shouldn’t be afraid or too busy to show kindness to another. What may be seen as a simple action or one insignificant word to us, may be a life changer for them.
With kindness toward others, we can offset the negativity that this world is plagued by. The opportunities are everywhere. It is our job to not miss them as they arise. One moment passed, is a moment lost. Let’s not waste it.