Today is World Kindness Day. I think every day should be Kindness Day, but what do I know.
From the time we are young we should be taught kindness. “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” teaches Aesop in his fable about The Lion And The Mouse. If the lion had not shown a bit of compassion when he first caught the mouse then he would have been doomed when he found himself stuck by a thorn in his paw.
You don’t have to go big when performing a compassionate act. Random Acts of Kindness.Org has pages of kindness ideas. You can even narrow the field by category, money, or time involved. The ideas range from something as simple as holding a door for someone to something more elaborate like buying someone a vacation. Bottom line is that there are a lot of good ideas.
You never can know what someone is going through and that smile you show to the harried cashier may just make her day. Complimenting the blouse of the woman by you in line may make her a bit happier the next time she wears it. Tell that customer service representative who is helping you on the phone that you really appreciate his help, it may be the only kind thing he hears his entire shift.
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
The things I have mentioned cost nothing but a few moments of your time. Yet, by doing any one of them, you can deeply affect someone’s view of the world. Isn’t that a grand idea?
“Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.” Gautama Buddha The Dhammapada
So please, if you can, show a little kindness. Especially on this, World Kindness Day.