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Showing Kindness

Tis the season for joy and cheer right?

But if you are like me, you might find there are a lot more grouchy and baa-humbug people running around your community this season.

Standing in lines at the store, waiting at traffic lights or getting cut off in traffic are just a few of the ways we can see stress and frustrations this time of year.

Making A Difference

But we have the ability to make a difference in someone’s day.

Yesterday as I stood in a long line at a local store, the lady in front of me was complaining and giving the cashier a piece of her mind. The lady was in a hurry and didn’t want to wait for the clerk in training to figure out how to ring up an item that had no tag.

The transaction took longer than usual, and the people in line grew impatient mumbling their complaints under their breath.

When I finally got up to the cashier, he looked at me, frazzled and ready to walk out.

“Sorry for the wait,” he said to me not making eye contact.

“Not a problem,” I replied. “We have all been new one time or another. People just need to be patient.”

He relaxed a little after my words. I looked back at the others in line hoping they too had heard what I said, and maybe they would be a little kinder when it was there turn.

It’s not that hard to be kind, is it?

What’s the golden rule? “Do unto other’s as you’d have them do to you?”

Sometimes we may be so caught up with ourselves to realize the person in front of us has the same emotions, hopes, and dreams.

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” ~ Wendy Mass

One kind deed can start a chain reaction.

Next time you’re sitting in traffic, and you see someone who has been waiting to get out of a parking lot, why not slow down and wave them out?

Stopping for your morning cup of joe? Check your change compartment in your car and pay for the car behind you.

Going out to eat? Go above the standard 10% -20%. There are a lot of waiters and waitresses out there who live off those tips. And remember to say “Thank You” Just because it’s your servers job to bring your order doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate a kind word.

Don’t turn away from the homeless person standing on the corner.
Often homeless people just want to be treated respectfully and not ignored. One of the kindest things you can do is to engage them in conversation. Being kind can restore a sense of dignity.

“Just as ripples spread out when a single pebble is dropped into water, the actions of individuals can have far-reaching effects.” ~ Dalai Lama

It is not hard to be kind.

Every day we decide how we want to act. It is absolutely 100% within our power to choose how we interact with one another.

Many of us believe we have no power to make a difference when the truth is each and every one of us has the power to change someone’s day.

So, during the hustle and bustle of the season, remember to be kind.

It just may be the most valuable gift you give someone this season.

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