Have you ever thought about the power of random acts of kindness? They can help in more ways than we can imagine. You can benefit others, and benefit yourself at the same time, helping your life become more peaceful along the way.
It’s a curious thing, when you lead by example, people tend to follow you, provided the example you set is honest, true, and has moral value.
We have all had times when we’ve reached out to complete strangers to offer help or assistance, haven’t we?
- How many times have you held a heavy door open for someone to walk through safely?
- How many times have you helped someone in the grocery store with something that was beyond their reach?
- How many times have you made a phone call for someone or allowed them to use your phone in an emergency?
Most likely, more times than you can easily remember!
What about this:
- Have you ever helped anyone start their car or given someone a ride?
- How about helping a young Mom struggling with a young baby and her stroller?
- Or helped the old man with a cane get down a flight of stairs?
- Have you ever picked up some trash that was blowing in the wind and put it in a dumpster?
Surely you have. Most people have. It’s just something you do. There is never a thought out reason. You do it without expectationof a reward for those random acts of kindness. It’s how you were raised. It’s just the right thing to do isn’t it?
The world is changing and changing rapidly. We can only hope that the majority of the changes are for the better, but everyone is so busy with all the changes going on, they may not take the time to stop and help.
Too many people will never understand that it really is love that makes the world go around.
The random acts of kindness that so many people engage in on a daily basis are often opportunities spotted and fulfilled without any conscious thought at all. It’s just what we do.
But what if we applied conscious thought and actively looked for opportunities to help complete strangers or even to anonymously help those we may already know?
Would it make a difference in the life of that person that you helped? Of course, it would. Someone stepping up to help in their hour of need would be almost heaven-sent.
But what about YOU?
How would you feel?
How would you feel about being in the right place, at the right time, to help someone when nobody else could or would? Wouldn’t you get a warm feeling in your heart? Of course, you would!
This immeasurable, unquantifiable, feel-good factor has such a buzz to it that it just may light you up for the rest of the day!
Do you think the recipient of your random act of kindness might tell someone about what happened to them today? Would they speak well of you and express their gratitude to the unknown stranger who was there just at the right time today? Of course!
Is it possible that they might be so inspired by your actions on their behalf that they would tell several people what happened – even thought they don’t even know who you are?
What if those people were also inspired by your example, and they, too, consciously started finding people each day that they could help? You know – paying it forward.
Ripples on a Pond
Just like ripples on a pond, your single, random act of kindness could have a very far reaching, positive effect on the lives of many, many people.
Strangers that you’ve never met and likely will never, ever meet could have a smile on their face today, just because of you!
So how about it? Could you help a complete stranger today with a Random Act of Kindness? How would that make you feel? What if you did it every day?
What if you led by example and were able to positively change the lives of many, many people simply by doing the right thing for no other reason than the fact that you can?
The only way you can change your own world is by making decisions and taking action. By consciously employing Random Acts of Kindness, you can change the lives of anyone you meet, at any time, or anywhere.
The Challenge: Change the World
So, here’s a challenge for you:
Commit to one Random Act of Kindness each day for one week. That’s seven days, seven opportunities to make someone smile, and seven opportunities to make yourself feel good by helping a complete stranger or anonymously helping a friend or family member in their moment of need.
If you like it, keep it going! Take time to notice how your level of peace has increased and how your heart feels.
Lead by example, knowing that the ripples that you’re sending out on the pond of life will inspire others to follow your example, and one person at a time, one Random Act of Kindness at a time, collectively, we WILL change the world.
Find your purpose – find your joy!
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Did you find a few more ideas of your own? If so, I’d love to hear about them in the comments, and as always please reach out with your thoughts.