Yesterday, a friend, whom I don’t talk to often, took time from her ridiculously full life to write me a note. She told me that these posts make a difference to her. That they make her think and that she appreciates my work and the friendship.
The note came at just the right time: In a moment when I wondered if all this hard work was worth it. If it mattered. And in that moment, her kindness kept me going.
It’s the little things that make a big difference. But we overthink this detail. We think that we can never do enough. We figure, well, if I can’t end war, poverty, AND global warming what does it matter?
But your kindness matters a lot to the sick neighbor who felt cheered by the flowers you dropped by, or the kid you volunteer with at school, or the checker who felt better after you took the time to say thank you and offer a smile.
The little kindness matters a lot for someone in the thick of illness or pain or despair who doesn’t know if they can go one more minute. Then you step in and remind them they can.
A Little Kindness Makes Big Difference
It doesn’t take much to alter the course of someone’s day. Someone’s life, even. And when others touch us with their kindness it inspires us to be a little better too. To let others know we love them, to help a stranger, to speak softly with compassion rather than yelling in frustration.
Often we look too far ahead. We plan five years out, or 10 even. Set goals. Fill our schedules. I do it too. But none of it matters not really. Not if we don’t take care of this moment. This ONE moment, is the one we can make better.
Life is made up of these little moments. When we focus on this time, RIGHT NOW and fill it with love and gratitude and kindness, when we bring our goodness and receive the good energy of others, we can uplift this moment a little bit. That alone changes the next moment, and then the next and we can string together a whole bunch of sweet little moments. By the end of this life then, we have a whole lot of little moments that made a great big wonderful, amazing life.
It starts now. Today. Lead with kindness. Take in the kindnesses that are being given to you and then repackage that good energy and send kindness right back out to others. It doesn’t take much, but it might just mean everything.
Image by: Erin Cairney White