Acknowledging Simple Acts of Kindness
“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” ~Marcel Proust~
In our frantic rush to get the economic prizes for our hard work, quite often we never look up or around at the people who make our lives just an increment easier and more enjoyable.
I’m talking about the barber or hairdresser who listens patiently to your lament, then simply says in his unique style: “I know you can handle it.”
I’m talking about the child you scolded for not cleaning his or her room who suddenly presents you the cutest kitty clay candle made at elementary school.
I’m talking about the extra round trip to the station by your wife because you forgot a necktie.
I’m even talking about the person standing in front of you in the checkout line with a mountain of groceries who graciously smiles and gestures for you to go first. with your single loaf of bread
I’m talking about the policeman or the stranger who takes it upon himself or herself to walk you to your destination when you are lost.
Yes, there are rude and obnoxious people in our paths each day, but it is the barbers, fellow shoppers, strangers and our family that should make our day.
Open your eyes. There is so much subtle warmth in the cold winds of our lives.