Finally, spring has arrived! Doesn’t it put a smile on your face and a “spring” in your step? We will soon be as busy as bees here in Kimmswick, and I find the change in seasons a wonderful time to stop and reflect upon the goodness of life. Counting our blessings leads to much happiness, as does sharing with others. Many years ago, it became popular to talk about “paying it forward.” Though not a new concept, it is a valuable one.
With that in mind, I thought it would be nice for us to share ideas for showing kindness with those around us.
- Smile! You know that smiles are contagious, so share one today. A smile is known to brighten your mood and improve your physical health as well.
- Be polite! It’s easy for us to say that common courtesy has taken a back seat in our hurried world. Rather than complain about it, let’s bring it back! Make eye contact, say “please” and “thank you,” and hold the door for the person behind you. Simple actions like this go such a long way!
- Give a compliment! Whether it’s your spouse, coworker, or a random stranger, find something nice to say and say it. Words make a difference in the lives of those around you.
- Surprise someone! A random act of kindness such as buying the coffee for the next person in line, providing an extra generous tip for a server, or returning your neighbor’s trash can from the curb could certainly brighten someone’s day.
- Make the world a better place! It only takes a moment to leave your small part of the world better than you found it. It could be as simple as picking up a bit of trash from the parking lot or wiping the extra water off the restroom sink.
- Give when you’re able. There are people in need everywhere you go. Look to meet needs when you can, whether with your time or your money. If you need a place to start, please consider this dear friend of mine; he is a treasure to the people of Kimmswick and is in need of help. You can find his story and donate here.
No matter how simple or extravagant your method, you can find a way to pay it forward! It is a great reward for the person receiving and for you ~ a reminder that “Dreams Really Do Come True!”
All my love,