I am often surprised by the things that are thought provoking to me. Earlier this week I watched an episode of the show Chicago Fire with my mother. In the episode one of the firemen who owns a bar loaned money to a total stranger who walked into his bar asking for money. The fireman gave the stranger the loan purely out of the kindness of his heart and in the end the stranger paid the loan back. That scene in Chicago Fire made me think about how it seems as though kindness is not practiced very much in this world any longer. Or maybe it’s just that acts of kindness don’t receive as much publicity as negative acts seem to. I have always considered myself to be a good hearted person who cares tremendously about the welfare of others and I believe that practicing kindness should be something we all try to do on a daily basis.
Kindness is defined as, the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. Being friendly, generous, considerate and exhibiting genuine kindness can have a very positive affect on another person. I have found that just sending a card or message telling a person you’re thinking of them, letting a person know the good things that you feel about them, doing anything that makes a person smile for even just a few seconds can make a world of difference in a person’s life. Receiving genuine kindness can brighten a person’s day in unimaginable ways. None of us truly know exactly what the other is going through in their lives everyday therefore being kind can really make a difference in another person’s world and let them know that just one person cares at times when that person may feel that no one cares.
The Greek storyteller Aesop said, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” I wish that practicing kindness was much more common in the world we live in today, because as Mark Twain wrote, “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”