We often forget that the smallest comment or most insignificant inaction could trigger an emotional reaction that could completely change someone’s life.
I believe that we have to be able to be our truest selves and be able to say the silliest things that pop into our heads with those that we consider our closest friends. But we forget that we have to be aware of the fact that we may think we know someone, but we may not truly know what’s going on in their heart.
We forget the importance of trying to read the unspoken words, and trying to see the meanings behind the silences so that we can try and do our bit to help lift ourselves, or others, out of the pit, either by giving them someone to talk to, or simply not saying anything at all.
One of my absolute favourite mama bloggers, MissKyreeLoves, is a fervent promoter of the #bekindmovement, which I think is something so simple, but so underrated. I don’t think we realise the impact that a kind act, be it a simple smile to a passerby on the street or a kind word to a friend, can have on someone’s day.
Personally, I smile to everyone I walk by on the street. Not because it’s something I force myself to do, it’s just a genuine reaction that I have. I think there’s so much behind a simple smile to a stranger. A friendly affirmation that ‘yes, I’m another human being, like you, going through this little game called life, and I acknowledge the struggles, but don’t worry we’re doing great. Have a fabulous day.’
So many words all in one facial expression, and it’s always so refreshing to see someone’s face light up when you smile at them and they weren’t expecting you to. Sadly, in today’s world, it’s become such a strange act to smile at a stranger. It even sometimes can be construed as weird or creepy. We always have so much on our minds, that we forget to smile and we forget to remember that we’re all on this crazy roller-coaster together. A kind smile makes not just the recipient, but also ourselves, that bit happier for the day. And I know for a fact that getting a smile back just brightens up the journey that I may be on.
There’s a quote that I grew up with and it’s one that always brings a tear to my eye when I read it because it’s so true and something that I always try to live by:
I shall pass this way but once; any good that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being; let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
~Etienne de Grellet
So remember, be kind, encourage others to be kind, and teach your children to be kind. Don’t do it to gain anything. Don’t expect people to smile back at you or to extend towards you the same kindness as you do them. More often than not your kindness will be rewarded eventually, somehow, but if it isn’t then you should be grateful in the fact that you contributed to the positive energy being emitted into our often too negative world.
There’s no shame in putting your kindness out there in a world that has become so mechanical and almost void of personal human interaction. Let your minuscule act of kindness be the ripple effect that reminds us that we are not robots made to work day and night isolated from emotion, but that we are humans being made to thrive off one another, and to help each other through this game of life. Be Kind.
Sit back, grab some Oreos, and let’s see what life has to offer us next,