Recently I was the recipient of a very meaningful gesture. It was from a very dear friend that knew I was going to be struggling with something coming up. To my surprise she left at my doorstep a wonderful gift bag filled with all of my favorite things sure to get me through this tough time.
The gifts were delightful; the gesture was beyond touching! Just think if the world was filled with people as kind as this friend of mine. What an amazing world we would be living in. No more bullying and harsh words would be translated to words spoken with love and kindness.
What does it take to get to a world like this?
I certainly don’t have all the answers but I do know it doesn’t take grand gestures that are beyond the reach of many. I think it really just takes everyone trusting each other enough to be their authentic selves. And giving each other the benefit of the doubt.
None of us is perfect, words come out wrong and actions can be misinterpreted. But by giving each other the benefit of the doubt more often, we are bound to see more kindness in this world.
And… getting to know each other more is key as well. In my case, my friend’s very kind gesture was sweet not only in the gesture but that she filled that gift bag with everything that showed she had taken the time to get to know me really well. This was no surprise to me that she had done this but the gesture warmed my heart. Inside that precious bag were gifts that only a true friend would know to get me, would know that I would enjoy the most. That level of thoughtfulness touched my heart to the core.
Why is it so hard to get to this level of kindness?
Let’s face it, life can fill us with insecurities, hardships, and challenges that overwhelm us. When in these states we aren’t always our “best selves.” And when we aren’t the best versions of ourselves it sometimes comes out in how we treat others.
So how to do become more confident in ourselves and our abilities to avoid these feelings? Well, there are no easy answers other than to say that it can take a lot of personal work and growth. While some of us readily seek this out, others of us may have the best of intentions but are lost as to where to start.
The Circle of Kindness
So perhaps a starting point is paying each act of kindness forward until it doubles in our lives. Then triples, quadruples, etc… If we all approach life with this attitude, the beautiful gesture I received from my dear friend will be something we all receive in our time of need. The world will become more vibrant with hope, love and kindness. If…we all take the time to do our part.
Have you Found a Way to Continue the Circle of Kindness?
Have you found a way to pay it forward when you have been the lucky recipient of a kind act? What did you do? What acts of kindness have impressed you the most?