February 17 is Random Acts of Kindness Day. The originator of this lovely day isn’t recorded anywhere, but in this world of blame, nasty remarks, accusations, and sad separation between groups based on almost anything, we need a day to pause and just be nice.
I can remember when “Be nice” was a daily reminder from parents and grandparents. It was the answer to complaints, justified or not, and being a tattletale. “Be nice.” More than once I heard from my father, “It doesn’t cost anything to be nice.” And it doesn’t. Oh, it might cost the effort to keep one’s mouth shut and perhaps the satisfaction of getting the last vengeful word. It could cost some pride in letting someone thing they’d ‘won’. But in the end, the satisfaction of knowing we offered a little help along the way--and didn’t cause a problem-is worth it.
So what random act of kindness can I do tomorrow? I don’t know--but an opportunity is bound to present itself. Opportunities abound--it’s just that I too often let them slide or worse, ignore them. So I’ll be on the lookout tomorrow and, hopefully, every day.
Meanwhile, here are a few kind thoughts for the road:
And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. (Ephesians 4:32, KJV)
True kindness presupposes the faculty of imagining as one’s own the sufferings and joys of others. (Andre Gide, 1869-1951)
Kindness can become it’s own motive. We are made kind by being kind. (Eric Hoffer, 1902-1983)
In this world, you must be a bit too kind in order to be kind enough. (Pierre Marivaux, 1688-1763)
Kindness begets kindness. (Swedish saying)