It’s the little things that reveal the true character of a person. Believe me not? Consider this, you are exhausted from manual labor; you are sweaty and stink; you have lines in the dirt on your face where the salt from you sweat has left a trail; your breathing is labored and your whole body aches. Then two people come by…the first is your boss who greets you with “Take off an hour early so you can rest up to get a jump on this in the morning.” The second person pulls up in a large pick-up truck with the bed full of ice and cold bottles of water for you. Which small act would you most appreciate?
Consider this: when we do things to be seen or just for a photo-op or just for the Facebook post likes, what good is that other than self-aggrandizement? It is in the small acts of kindness that we reveal ourselves.
During the flooding in Columbia, South Carolina this past week, I witnessed many grand gestures and have noticed how many people post photo after photo of themselves “helping in the community.” Truly? You want everyone to believe your acts that you had photographed and posted were completely altruistic? In my mind, it would be better if you just stayed home and out of the way!
I saw one young boy who looked about age 4 or 5 walk up to one of the First Responders and gave them his juicebox he had just gotten from the Red Cross Truck, and then he hugged that humongous firefighter’s leg. Let me tell you something, that enormous man who would not hesitate to run into danger, broke down and cried because of this one simple act of kindness by a child who wanted nothing in return.
Small acts of Appreciated Kindness:
- buy coffee for the person behind you without telling them.
- send a Thank You Card to someone because they helped you out.
- give someone a hug who could use one.
- smile at someone who normally doesn’t smile.
- If you see someone reading…don’t start talking to them…let them enjoy the peace and quiet.
- how about the simple act of saying “Thank You”
It really isn’t expensive or difficult. It just takes a little time and effort. Give it a try! Reveal your true self by your actions!