Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.
It is not what we say that gets people's attention it is what they observe we do.
Today my wife and I went to the grocery store and I opened the car door for her to get out. I had no idea someone was observing what I did.
When we entered the store a female employee rolled a shopping cart to us while calling my attention to her. She said “I’m addressing this gentleman.” We looked around and realized it was me! She said "I am impressed with what you did for your wife. I saw you open the car door for her. You just don’t see that happen very often these days. Young men don’t open doors for their wives, girlfriends, or mothers." She went on to explain that she was retrieving shopping carts from the parking lot when we drove up and couldn’t help but notice us.
Many times the good things in life that we all do are automatic with no thought of being noticed or drawing attention to ourselves. I have to admit that being a person motivated by success it sometimes feels good to know that I am being recognized for some things I am doing that take extra effort. Hopefully the good things all of us are doing offer the opportunity or influence for others to emulate worthy behaviors and do small but significant things for their spouse, family and friends.
"When we show even a small measure of compassion, empathy or thoughtfulness toward another person, it's as if we drop a pebble into a pond. The ripples in the water keep going, creating an impact far beyond what we imagine. Sometimes they hit the opposite shore and bounce all the way back to us."
Your Best Destiny
A practice we have always done when traveling and staying in a hotel is to put a short note of appreciation and a tip on the bed each day for the maid that cleans the room. These maids seem to have a keen sense of timing and render their services when you’re nowhere to be seen. We never see them. We were on the 20th floor in a hotel in New York and the new computer system in the elevators was not working. We could not get downstairs because the elevator would not stop on our floor. The maid who cleaned our room the previous day came up to us and said “Follow me. I will take you on our service elevator down to the lobby of the hotel.” This random act of kindness was so meaningful because our party of four included one handicapped person wearing hidden leg braces. Had she not responded to our dilemma we would not have gotten to the theatre in time to see the beginning of the Broadway play we had so looked forward to.
Abundance comes and can be shared in many ways and in various forms. At times it is just being ourselves and doing what comes naturally. Being blessed to see the results of the difference we are making in the world is truly abundant living.