Random acts of kindness don’t feel random to me. They feel purposeful, intentional, caring, and filled with light. They brighten any day, making a bad time better – and making a good time better, too.
Kindness reminds us of the goodness in the world, and in each other.
Maybe what we mean by random is surprising, or unexpected. It’s a bit sad that kindness is surprising, but there it is. Unexpected kindness is a blessing.
I remember telling Ed about going somewhere I’d been told the people would be cranky, suspicious, and unwelcoming, and finding that it was quite the opposite – that I felt welcomed, and the people were warm and friendly to me.
Ed said that I find people to be like this in the world because I am like this in the world. I think that’s one of the nicest compliments I’ve ever received. What a wonderful way to be seen.
One of my favourite simple examples of daily kindness is this – when you let someone into traffic in front of you, and they give a little wave of acknowledgement. And when someone lets you into that spot in traffic? It can feel like an extravagant kindness – certainly deserving of a wave.
I feel a kindred spirit for kindness in Patience Salgado. Visit her lovely site at kindnessgirl.com.
Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks has a Babble Voices column called Bliss Your Heart. In these ten days coming up to Thanksgiving, Karen is offering journalling prompts for reflections in gratitude. As you know, I love me some gratitude. I’ll be posting my reflections here. Day 4: Reflect on random acts of kindness you’ve experienced.