Not that long ago I was reminded just how powerful our words can be. I had finished class and was leaving the club, but decided to pass along a compliment someone had shared with me. It was from a member about a co-worker, wasn’t anything big and I was clocking out at the same time, so it didn’t require a lot of effort. The compliment wasn’t a big thing either, just noting a job well done. It took less than a minute, but that simple gesture made his day and it was apparent just by the look on his face. He felt appreciated and it showed. He thanked me for letting him know and said that he rarely hears anything positive and pretty much only gets gym complaints.
It was something so very minor in my mind, but his response definitely stuck with me. Simple gestures can make a huge impact and that energy is contagious. I was simply playing messenger, but the glow it ignited made my day. Simple acts of kindness, no matter how small, make a difference. With that said, I have a few ideas for World Kindness Day and am always on the hunt for more.
~Leave uplifting notes in library books, on restroom mirrors, lockers or desks
~Give someone a genuine compliment
~Send a handwritten thank you note to someone who has positively influenced your life
~Donate/Volunteer at an animal shelter (they need some kindness too)
~Spend 15 minutes picking up litter in a park or along a trail
~Leave a generous tip
~Spread positive love on social media
~Pick up the phone and call your mom, dad or someone special
~Send or drop off an anonymous gift
~Hold a door open for someone
~Tell someone you love what they mean to you
~Smile and say ‘hi’ to a stranger
The last one is me being selfish. I get excited when a stranger waves and says hello while I’m out on a run. It has the opposite effect when I smile and say ‘hi’ and they look down at the pavement. Today I’m going to write a thank you note I’ve been thinking about since summer. There’s a house along my running loop that has gorgeous flowers with beautiful Lilacs and Oregon Duck paraphernalia in the yard. Every time I run by it, I think I should drop off a thank you note for adding beauty to my run, with sights and smells and today is a perfect day to make that happen. Better late than never. I think National Kindness Day should be celebrated 365 days a year, but for now I’ll accept the one day and make the most of it.