Years ago I was on vacation. As I was washing my hands in the bathroom a woman dried her hands and pumped the paper towel holder a few extra times for me to grab. As a bit of a germ phob, I obviously appreciated her kindness and when I said thank you, she simple replied….”pay it forward.” Since then I try to do random acts of kindness as much as I can to constantly pay it forward. Small things count.
Last week I pushed 2 abandoned shopping carts out of the handicapped parking spot to ensure someone who needed the spot could use it.
This week I cleared the table while we were out to dinner. I have 2 messy kids and all our waitress needed to do was pick up the stacked plates with all the garbage on it and take it away. Is it her job to clear our table? Yes. Could I make it easier for her, yes, so we did.
While being a good Samaritan, I have many times gotten angry at the lack of acknowledgment for my good deeds. Am I doing them to get credit, no. But when I let you in my lane by waving you in, a simple hand up in the rear view mirror would be nice.
It seriously shocks me at how rude and inconsiderate people can be. While I’m carrying my son and holding my daughter’s hand and somehow holding the door for the person behind me with my spare hip and the person walks in without a thank you, I’m stunned. The ironic thing is, the toddler I’m holding has better manners than the adult who walked by us.
I run into too few good Samaritans and way too many people preoccupied with themselves or their phones. So today I encourage you to pay it forward, do a good deed and if that’s not possible, at least try to say thank you for those trying to do so.
In a world and country so divided these days, I think everyone should just be nice. Such a juvenile concept, I know. But just be nice. I think a lot of people have hate in their hearts and sadness on the mind. These things add up to behaviors that only continue the cycle upon others. So let’s focus on being nice to ourselves and others. Kindness goes a long way.
What have you done to spread kindness?