For today’s act of kindness, I made a chicken stew and some sugar cookies for my Pepere. Like most men, the way to his heart is through his stomach, and he sure does appreciate a good meal. 🙂 But the funny thing is that a little thing happened earlier today that I hadn’t planned. It just happened, and it was simple, but it’s what I feel like
counting writing about.
I was waiting to check out at the grocery store today when I noticed a young mom in line behind me with her two children… Her curly-haired daughter was fidgeting, giggling, and all smiles while sitting in the carriage. The little boy was shooting invisible bad-guys with a neon-green water gun. (An empty water gun, thank goodness, as I’m fairly certain that I was accidentally in the line of fire, once or twice). The mom, on the other hand, struck me as being a little bit over-tired and in need of a quiet afternoon and a nap.
The minute I saw them, I thought of the little coupon booklet in my purse for free Jr. Frosty’s at Wendy’s. It’s not that I don’t like Frosty’s or anything, but I was pretty sure that the coupon booklet would sit in my purse until the coupons had expired. It’s only happened a few times before. 😉
I hesitated. Came up with a million excuses in a matter of seconds. Felt like I was going to hyper-ventalate and faint from silly nerves. Paid for my groceries and started to walk away before I found the nerve to turn around and offer the coupon booklet to the young mom. She looked surprised at first, but then she thanked me with a beautiful smile and turned to ask the kids if they would like a treat on the ride home.
The excited ‘yays’ and shouts that ensued was enough to turn me into a Frosty-giving super-hero.
It didn’t matter that the gesture was small or that I had just saved a young mom two measly dollars. It was all about the thought. The fact that a stranger had taken a moment to be kind. And to those two kids? Well, I was pretty much the coolest person in the grocery store that day. 😉
If I’ve learned one thing this week it’s that being kind to strangers doesn’t come naturally. Neither does seeking out ways to show kindness. It’s not that we’re all selfish… It’s a matter of being too busy and focused on what we need to accomplish that day. Most often, we are so caught up in our own little worlds that we fail to see the people around us.
This week has been eye-opening for me. Finding different ways to show kindness was more of a challenge than I thought it was going to be, and I never in a million years thought it would actually be scary sometimes. But the week was also more rewarding than I could have imagined. And so, I’ve decided that I don’t want it to end. 🙂 I’m not sure if it will be a weekly segment or a monthly one. I’m not sure what I’ll call it. But little acts of kindness will definitely be incorporated into this blog — and most importantly my life — here on out.
Because I know that Kindness Week helped me to start stepping out of a shell that I didn’t know existed…
And I don’t want to go back in. 🙂
Thank you, again, Gina for asking me to be a part of this with you!!