Be The Kindness You Want to See

November 21, 2014 | Written with Love By: Shaina Leis

As I was stopped at a red light, I looked over to see a young man at a bus stop, maybe 18 or 19 years old, having a laugh with a man who looked like he was in his late eighties. The two proceeded to shake hands and introduce themselves. It was a nice moment- to witness two strangers, from two very different generations, share what seemed like good conversation.

Just this past week, I was walking from my car to my front door when I saw the mailman run over to the neighbor’s house. An elderly man had fallen on the porch, while his wife stood there unable to help her husband. It was a nice moment- to witness the mailman’s kindness and compassion to lending a helping hand.

I choose to believe that there is good in this world, which is why I see it all around me. (After all, we seek out evidence to prove our beliefs true.)

Realize that each of us are doing the best we know how. We are each suffering in our own way, fighting our own battles and seeking happiness and true joy all at the same time. We were all created from the same place and guided today by the same higher power.

At birth, we are wired for connection. It’s in our biology. Our natural need for connection makes the ramifications of disconnection that much more real and risky. Knowing how critical connection is to each and every human being, commit to doing something nice, just because.

Saying “Hello” or “Good Morning” as you pass someone on the street or just offering a simple smile are acts of kindness that are never wasted.

Let’s change the world together, one act of kindness a day…

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