How acts of kindness can change lives
With the economy tanking, jobs being hard to find, tempers are on a short fuse. I watched an older lady at Kings yesterday slowly pushing her shopping cart across the parking lot. There was a Lexus following behind her, and I’m sure she didn’t know she was holding up the lady in the car. Then out of the blue, the lady laid on her car horn and startled the old woman pushing the cart. As the older lady with the shopping cart moved out of the way, the lady with the Lexus pulled in a parking place, got out of her car dressed to kill and went into Kings.
I have been in a hurry at times, but not to where I was using my horn on others. I then thought, what would have been the big deal to let this older woman get her cart to her car without honking the horn at her. Maybe its just me, but what ever happened to putting others ahead of you? Are we so into our selves that we simply don’t care about others? Watch people when you are standing in line at McDonalds, or Burger King. People will cut in line, or be rude to the order takers. I watched at one of the gas stations in Conifer, where someone was waiting for a pump to open, and when it did, a guy in his 20’s just zipped in line without allowing the lady who was waiting patiently for a pump to open. She looked at me and shook her head in disgust.
How acts of kindness can change lives. I used to drop off groceries to those in need. I would get someone’s name from our pastor at the church that I attended. I would then buy 4 bags of grocery’s, and deliver them at night. I would place them by the door, ring the doorbell and run for cover. It was fun watching people open their door and look outside to see who rang their doorbell. They would then look door at the bottom of the door and see the bags of grocery’s sitting there. Helping others without having to be thanked and praised is what it’s all about.
I have paid for meals for people behind me in the drive through at McDonalds. I will leave a $20 and say to the cashier “this is for the people behind me, this is a surprise for them.”. The cashier will smile and tell me, thanks for doing that! She gets a kick out of it as much as I do. Acts of kindness can go a long way in today’s world. I want to challenge you to try it. Try dropping off bags of food to those in need, or shovel or rake someone’s yard that needs your help. Don’t expect anything in return, do it because you want to make a difference in the world today. If we all could do this in our own community, just think how many people we could help without any fanfare, doing something without expecting a thank you or a pat on the back. So here my challenge to each one of you. Starting this week, can you commit doing one act of kindness each month for the next 12 months? This is a great time of the year to start a project that you can personally do or as a family. Here are some suggestions:
1. Buy groceries for a needy family
2. Purchase Christmas gifts for needy children
3. Supply a Thanksgiving dinner for someone in need
4. Buy a meal for someone behind you in a drive through $20 Dollars worth
5. Shovel snow for someone that is disabled
6. Send an encouraging card and letter to someone that is alone or hurting.
These are just a few suggestions, I’m sure that you can come up with many more idea’s on your own. Just remember, you can make a difference in someone’s life right away. Please go to Mike’s blog and post some of the acts of kindness you have helped others with. Its wonderful to hear heart warming testimonies of people helping people. That blog address is https://applicablecoaching.com/blog/ in Relationship Coaching