Acts of Kindness Change Your Life
Heart for a Child
"God won't ask what kind of car you drove, but will ask how many people you drove home who didn't have transportation."
The Act of Kindness
I am so impressed by all the people who have written hubs for the H.O.W. website. I think Billy came up with a brilliant idea, and I have only written one other hub for the site, so this is my new contribution.
Over time I have figured out that it is really not the big things in life that are so important, but the little day to day occurrences that occupy our lives. I heard a long time ago that I should compliment at least three people every day. That is such an easy thing to do, and I do not expect anything in return even though you usually get a smile. However, I think kindness changes us in a positive way because what goes around, comes around. I believe I reap the rewards of any acts of kindness.
Definition of Kindness
Definition of Kindness
The definition of kindness is: a kind deed; the quality or state of being kind and the archaic affection. There are also many synonynms for the word kindness and these are a few examples:
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Monetary Acts of Kindness
Now, I am not rich, so monetary kindness primarily helps my grandchildren have some extra money for the huge cost of college and to my church. Certainly I helped my children when they were younger but fortunately they are all self-sufficient now.
I give all my used clothing to the Vietnam Vets as my husband served. I try to give some money to feed the homeless when I can also.
Elderly Man and Baby
Simple Acts of Kindness
My kind acts must come in much simpler ways. I can think of so many little things that I can do without giving it much thought.
I greet my loved ones each day with asking how they slept and how they feel. I want them to know I care. I find I am happier when I treat others the way I want to be treated.
When I go out of the house, I always look a cashier or a bank teller in the eye and smile. I am courteous and thank them for their help. I often stop and let someone pull their car out in front of me if there is a lot of traffic.
I am not saying I am perfect by a long shot. I get annoyed when driving at times, but I have learned if someone is tailgating me, I move as quickly into the other lane as there are a lot of crazies out there these days. Self-preservation is not a bad thing. I always find a parking place where ever I go, and I wonder is this a reward for kindness. Or, maybe an answer to my prayers as I am having difficulty walking right now due to painful arthritis.
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." Aesop
I try to notice the blue sky, the birds, which I feed continually and the flowers. We live in a beautiful world. I think it is good to remember how many people have more difficult lives than I. I thank God every day for my healing, my family and friends.
I pray for the fallen soldiers and the families that suffer their loss. I have a niece, a nephew and grandson in the Navy. My grandson is in submarine school and has scored on the top of his last two classes, where 90 cadets attend. I am so proud of him.
Funeral of a Soldier
Act of Kindness
I try to be kind to the elderly, even if it just hold an elevator or a door, with a smile. They always smile back. There is no room for racism. I try to treat all races and nationalities the same, whether they are Afro-Americans, America Indians and others. After all, we all bleed the same color.
We can change the world if we care about our neighbors. I have given numerous grapefruit away this year as the tree has grown so large. Like so many people, I take food when someone has a death in their family or is very ill.
Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
Random Acts of Kindness
I am touched my random acts of kindness expressed in the pictures below. I have been the receiver of a random act of kindness at a difficult time in my life, and it is something I will always remember.
Touching Offer of Dry Cleaning Establishment
Thoughtful - Buying Lunch for Mom
I guess we all have to figure out the best way to live, and what we might do to help others. I have worked on my ancestry for many years now, which is not really an act of kindness I guess, but it is something I can leave for those that come along after I am gone.
I think quite often many people are kind, but do not give it much thought. When you become conscious of the things out do each day, it takes on new meaning. If you have not thought about your daily actions and how they might affect others, this may a good time to evaluate your life and how it touches others.
Random Acts of Kindness
Acts of Kindess
Do you consciously take time to do acts of kindness for strangers?
© 2013 Pamela Oglesby