This past week we were charged with keeping track of kindness both given and received. I found this exercise to be very valuable as I was made aware of just how much kindness was shown to me. I also became aware of how much I had taken for granted. Human nature seems to allow us to do that so often.
I must say that I feel very blessed and grateful for those times when kindness was extended to me this past week. But I was truly amazed at how blessed I felt when I was the one being kind. It was like Christmas when you give a gift and without anything in return you feel as though you had received the best gift of all.
Kindness works the same way. The kinder you are, the kinder people are to you and to other people they meet. Kindness spreads and multiplies. But, there is a little catch to spreading kindness, the more anonymous it is, the larger the effect it has.
I have really enjoyed this challenge from Niki at The Richness of a Simple Life. It has confirmed my belief that kindness is as necessary to the human spirit as food is to the human flesh. Thank you Niki for challenging me to open myself up to kindness.
“Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love.” St. Therese of Lisieux