Ever feel yourself wanting to do something good for a person or your community, but feel like no matter what idea you come up with, it just doesn’t feel like “enough”? This is a mistake that many people, including myself, make. Kindness doesn’t have to be a case of “go big or go home”. Kindness isn’t about superheroic feats of generosity (although it can be…). Kindness, ultimately, isn’t about you; it’s about the person (or persons) you’re doing it for.
If we can remove ourselves (and our egos) from acts of kindness, we open ourselves up to actually doing more than we ever thought! See that person walking by you looking a little sullen? Try smiling at them and see what happens. That person in the grocery store struggling to reach that box of cereal on the top shelf? Offer to get it for them. Leave a small note for you child or spouse in their lunch and see how much that brightens their day. The point is: let’s stop trying to come up with giant kindness plans to drastically change the world. Instead, let’s focus our energy on simply doing small, everyday acts of kindness. By doing this, we will, believe it or not, change many people’s days… and through these small acts of kindness and love, we can change the world.
“A little thought and a little kindness are often worth more than a great deal of money.” ~ John Ruskin