Happy Monday love bugs. Hopefully everyone had a great weekend and is diving into an even better week. Now, let’s get started shall we?
Browsing through the Oprah site the other day I saw this how-to feature on making people feel special and I got a little kick out of it. I just loved how Leigh Newman (author) had these out-of-the-box ideas on how to cheer someone up and make them feel special. In fact, I think that now more than ever, people forget how great an impact a sweet little gesture can leave. Even something as small as a simple smile and ‘hello’ and turn someone’s entire day around. I saw a true case of this last week when a complete stranger handed my man a parking pass that was paid for another 2hrs (if you live in Philly or any other major city, you understand the awesomeness of this moment). This little gesture by a complete stranger had him so pumped they he even attempted to pass the ticket on to another stranger. Talk about paying it forward.
I am not sure why or when people started to lose interest in helping each other, but it is sad to see just how far away humanity has moved from kindness. Even more depressing is that I am also guilty of this. I may actually take the crown for the most impatient person on Earth and it’s pretty embarrassing to admit the small encounters that have ever heated me up. Just waiting in line for someone will get the Italian blood in me all fired up. I only wish that I could see then, how petty it all is when I step outside of the situation.
The infamous Mark Twain once made a simple, yet significant, statement on kindness. He said that “kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Well Mr. Twain, you got us on that one. You see, kindness is an action; an emotion that one person can easily inflict on another. It is friendliness wrapped in generosity and tied up with consideration. It can also be passed around from person to person no matter what race, language, wealth, or status you have.
So let’s all take this week to remember how far a little act of kindness to those around you can go. After all, what goes around comes around, right?