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No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Aesop
Last night the theme of Toastmasters was “Good Will To All.” As the Chair, I talked about how a woman went out of her way for my family.
Twenty-seven years in ago in September, we were blessed with our second baby a healthy, beautiful baby girl. My husband took the obligatory photos. When we went to pick up our pictures (remember that). They gave us a package with a strip of empty film and said there were no photos on the roll.
It was disappointing, to say the least, but we had our healthy baby girl. A couple days before Christmas I got a phone call. Did we have a new baby? “Yes,” I said. “I was given your pictures,” the lady said. She had taken back the wrong photos she was given and made the attendant call the names before and after her name to find the rightful owners. If she hadn’t done that I’m sure the photos would have gone in the garbage. After all, the mistake was already dealt with. We didn’t think we had any photos.
I picked up my photos, wrapped them and put them under the tree for my husband. That lady, I never got her name made a special Christmas even more special because she went out of her way for strangers. I am forever grateful to her. She and people like her make this a better world. What special pictures was she looking for but didn’t get?
We can make life better for someone with a smile, compliment, opening the door for them, letting them go ahead of us when they only have a couple of items.
Some people are very complimentary, others find it more difficult. Compliments don’t jump out of my mouth. I appreciate them, but I am not at the ready with a compliment for everyone. I could do better and will endeavor to give at least one compliment per day. I don’t always think about what experience someone wants or expects and what I can do to help them have it.
A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. Saint Basil
A good way to compliment people is with a note. Many people don’t hear how special they are often enough. Last night a thoughtful member of Toastmasters left a note and chocolates for the staff that cleans the room we were in. She is a delightful person that knows how to win friends and influence people. It was a small thing, but I bet it made a big impact on the two young men who may feel not that appreciated as they put away chairs and straighten tables in the community center. Young men always seem to be hungry so a little snack was sure to hit the spot.
As my mother says, “it’s the little things.” Small things become big things. Little hurtful acts grow and small thoughtful acts multiply. Our choice, would we like to be known as thoughtful, kind, compassionate, or callous, hurtful, mean, and thoughtless?
Beginning today, treat everyone we meet as if they are going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them the care, kindness, and understanding we can muster, and do it with no thought of reward. Our life will never be the same again. Og Mandino said this, what if we lived it?
A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money. John Ruskin
The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World Paperback – Feb 2 2018