Written by Dr. Perry, PhD
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This past weekend, I was out running errands that I wasn’t able to complete during the week. Between my work and personal life, I seem to be always running towards something. It feels as if my life is moving at a fast speed. I personally do not mind the pace but I still make sure to check in with myself to ensure that I am not mindlessly going through the motions. I think many of us are expected to manage our lives at a faster than normal pace, and at the same time process more information than at any other time in our lives. It can at times be overwhelming. We may get so caught up in meeting the next deadline or processing the most current news that we forget to interact with one another in any kind way. At times the only interaction we may have with a fellow human being is an unpleasant one.
During the weekend there was a point during my day when I had to enter a building. The person who was in front of me and about to enter the building looked back, acknowledged me and entered. As I was right behind them, when I reached the entrance I was met with a slammed door in my face. At that moment I was bothered and thought to myself what a rude gesture. Upon further reflection, I realized how unfortunate it was for this person that they missed an opportunity to show a simple kindness.
During our lifetime, we will be given many opportunities to show kindness. It may be an opportunity to do a big act of kindness, for example, giving money to a complete stranger who appears to be in need or it can be the simple act of holding the door for someone. Perhaps, a simple act such as holding the door for someone or giving someone a smile may seem insignificant but it should be seen as a catalyst that may result in an event that may have a larger impact. It should be seen as a seed that will sprout a tree with each branch being a new opportunity to spread kindness. Kindness benefits the giver as much as it does the receiver of the act. Expressing kindness feels good and should be shown as much as possible.
When was the last time you expressed unsolicited kindness and how did it make you feel?
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