I set a hard task in Circle of Friends this month! I asked for your vision, a slice of the Big Picture in ‘ the creation of a circle of friends that spans the world and transcends human foibles and pettiness.’ Like others, I found myself floundering. The Big Picture was – well, just TOO damn big! It sort of reminds me of when we started building our boat, Finnally. People used to ask all the time How did you do that ? It’s overwhelming!
Lady Calen asked for a bit more clarification and found her way to the answer. Linda found hers as well. And I finally found mine at this post Inspiring the World in RB’s word IMPACTED – I Make Positive Actions Come True Every Day. Thank you RB !
That led me to Random Acts of Kindness
I remember TRH (The Retired Husband) coming home many years ago with a bounce in his step. He’d stopped for a cup of coffee after a hard day at work. A random stranger, who’d seen his distressed state, paid for his coffee. Put a big smile on his face and in his heart.
There’s another experience that comes to mind from years ago. I was browsing in an Op Shop. Not really looking for anything in particular. I had no pressing needs to fill. A basketball tall Nigerian gentleman, neatly dressed in a suit, white shirt and tie, wandered in. He went straight to the men’s tie rack. After some time, the assistant asked if he needed help, as he seemed a little unsure of himself. He explained to her that he was going to friend’s home for dinner. He didn’t have much money, he said. But he wanted to take a special thank you gift with him. I got the impression that most of the ties cost more than he could afford. I quickly selected a small dish. As I was paying, I quietly slipped the sales assistant an extra $20. I asked her to take the payment for the gift out of it and give the gentleman the change. Then I left. To this day whenever I pass that shop, I remember the quiet dignity and loving care of the basketball tall Nigerian. And hope that my small act of kindness helped to brighten his day.
We CAN change the world. One step at a time. One smile at a time. One random act of kindness at a time. As long as we don’t let ourselves get overwhelmed by the Big Picture. In the words of Annie Lenox –
“Ask yourself: Have you been kind today?
Make kindness your daily modus operandi and change your world.” .
© Raili Tanska