Kindness can be demonstrated in the simplest of actions; A small smile; A “hello” to a stranger or co-worker. We have the opportunity to spread kindness in every interaction we have.
It is all too easy to get caught up in our own problems or worries. We are running late so we honk at the car in front of us. We only think about the issues we are having but not of those around us. Maybe that is a new driver in front of you and now they are traumatized and never want to drive again (I felt that way at one point).
That barista at Starbucks may have just experienced a break up or, even worse, a loss of someone close to them. Instead of getting rude when it takes a few extra minutes why not instead smile and tell them that you hope they have a nice day.
I once had a young girl working at Cold Stone open up to me about her relationship problems all because I smiled and asked how she was doing. After she vented for a few minutes I told her that she should go home and treat herself to something yummy and a movie. I told her that things would get better and that I was sorry for her hardships. This young girl that I hadn’t seen smile since we entered the heavenly ice cream joint cracked a small smile and told me, “thank you.”
We are all fighting our own battles and if we try and remember that a bit more then maybe we can foster more understanding and, in turn, kindness.