“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted” ~Aesop
A couple of weeks ago, my friend and I were having lunch at IHOP on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. Beside us, a mother was eating with her four children. They looked so happy and full of life. In my conversation with my friend, I made the remark that if I am ever “well-to-do”, that I would pick one family and pay for their meal anonymously every time I went out to eat. I have just always loved the idea of doing something like that.So, on this beautiful Sunday, my friend and I thought why wait until we are well-to-do? Why not start today? So we both looked over at the mother and her four children and thought the same thing. We flagged their waitress down and informed her that we would like to pay for their meal anonymously. The anonymous part was important to us, because we did not want thanks, for that would almost defeat the purpose. We simply viewed it as a good deed and felt that they would “pay it forward’ someday.
We left the restaurant feeling inspired and on top of the world. So my friend and I made this vow: Each and every day, we are doing a small, random act of kindness for a complete stranger. Whether it’s paying for the car behind us in a drive-thru, helping someone put groceries in their car, or even just opening doors or holding the elevator for people.
Ponder this for a second: if each person on earth did one random act of kindness each day for a stranger, what would the world be like?