Monday, February 16, 2015

Random acts of kindness

I am always drawn to inspirational quotes and sayings. Every now and again I'll see them on Facebook or Pinterest. And, of course, they're always jumping out at me from the books I read.

Here's one I just saw on a poster: "Throw kindness around like confetti."

We can all use a little more kindness. And we can all stand to add more of it to the world. How many times do you find yourself sharing a sad tale about how you've been treated either on the phone or in a business establishment? Or you've heard someone else tell about how angry or verbally abusive another person was in a personal or a business exchange?

So the idea of kindness raining down on me like confetti is enough to bring a huge smile to my face. And I'm inspired to engage in more random acts of kindness myself, just like the movement we heard so much about several years ago. In fact, several websites exist to promote such acts of kindness. And in Naples, working-class cafes have a tradition of a customer who's had good luck financially buying two cups of coffee but drinking only one—the other being held until a person less financially able  later inquires whether there's a free cup available. Also, in addition to sharing stories and ideas about kindness, lets you send random notes of kindness to others around the world. Of course, you don't need a website or formalized way of adding kindness to the world. You have dozens of opportunities daily. So go ahead: Throw kindness around like confetti. What are you waiting for?

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