Have you ever been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness?
Several years ago, I was seriously struggling financially. I was trying to juggle work, study and recovery on extremely limited funds. And someone helped me out, randomly and with no strings attached. The only caveat this person put on the favour was that, some day when I was able, I do the same for someone else.
I can still remember my feelings of gratitude towards this person; I cried because I felt slightly overwhelmed by their kindness. I had been in recovery for a few years, but was still surprised that there were people in the world who were willing to help others, just because it’s a nice thing to do.
So, today I understand what it is that is so nice, about being nice.
Not only do we get to help someone who is struggling, but we also get to feel good about ourselves. In a world where there is so much negativity and conflict, a small act of kindness really can make a massive difference to someone’s life. And in doing so, can make us feel good about ourselves, the world and life in general.
Maybe you think this sounds a bit dramatic? Well, give it a try. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture or expensive favour, just offer to pay for a stranger’s coffee, pay someone a compliment out of the blue or offer your services for free. You’ll be amazed at how good it feels to be nice.
And I believe that if each individual can practice kindness and generosity, the world will be a better place.
In the words of the Dalai Lama…
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”