A little bit of Kindness goes a Long Way
The late Maya Anjelou said it best – people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel.
Kindness has the power to heal and it also has the power to inspire and motivate.
Let’s explore these attributes.
The first – healing. The act of kindness can be as simple as a mothers gentle kiss to soothe a crying baby – to a teenager opening the door for an elderly lady going into her apartment building – to a stranger on a bus acknowledging another stranger on that same bus with an encouraging smile – to a lifelong friend sending a simple card or letter expressing a thank you, an I love you, or what their friendship means to them. Kindness can also be as grandeur as Mother Teresa’s lifelong mission to heal thousands of individuals with her commitment to serve her entire life through daily acts of kindness.
These simple acts have a ripple affect that can change the trajectory of someone’s day, someone’s week or even their life.
Let’s consider for a second that the elderly lady just lost her husband of 50 years and was feeling in complete despair – the simple act of opening the door most likely brought a glimmer of happiness at that very moment. Or perhaps the stranger on the train was coming back from a doctors appointment where they were just diagnosed with a terminal disease. Or perhaps the friend opening the card or letter was just notified that they lost their job and on that very same day – they walked to the mailbox and opened your card expressing how much you meant to them. Don’t ever underestimate the power you have every day at any given moment.
The second power that kindness has is to inspire and motivate. Humans want, crave and need two things = to be loved and accepted. Your act of kindness no matter how big or small can truly make a world of difference. So when we understand this you will have the power to inspire and motivate people in the most positive and effective manner.
Have you ever wondered why some people have the seemingly perfect life. They have the most friends, the best relationships, they get the promotions, they seem to catch all the breaks. While others experience the complete opposite. They seem to experience the most amount of pain, they have poor relationships, everything around them seems negative.
People who usually have the most, give of themselves the most and they have helped or served the most amount of people in the most significant way. These people tend to give of their time, give of their money and most of all, give of their kindness to the most amount of people.
Think of some people in your life who you respect and admire, do they give of their time, do they give of their heart?
To motivate and inspire others you simply become more of that which you desire.
- If we want to be liked – we have to like more people
- If we want more positivity in our life – we have to become more positive
- If we want more money – we give more money
- If we want our kids to be more patient – we need to be more patient
- If we want people to be more understanding – then we need to be more understanding.
Your Smile is your LOGO and your PERSONALITY is your business card!
You see Ghandi was 100% on point when he said that You Be The Change You wish to Be in The World. Essentially if you are in a place where your relationships are suffering, if your business if suffering, if your marriage is suffering, even if your financial situation is suffering – good news is, WE have the power to change it.
My wish for everyone is that we smile more, laugh more, care more, give more, LIVE more and BE more. The next time that you have a feeling, a thought, a prompting to smile at someone, open the door for a stranger, send a special note to a friend, colleague or even a foe, do it! You might just be surprised at how good it makes you feel and you might just might brighten someone’s day – or even change their life – because a little bit of kindness goes a long way.
One final thing I would like to leave you with is this:
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late”
(Ralph Waldo Emerson)