I read this from an online article and got tears in my eyes. Whether it is for family, friends, acquaintances, or an unfamiliar face, it is always great to do random acts of kindness. -Lacey
It’s funny how most of us find the things that we do for other people to be special. We expect people to appreciate when we do them a favor or a kind gesture, as if they weren’t deserving of kindness and we were doing them a service for being nice to them.
Then, when they return the favor we feel that we deserve it- we were owed it. Each and every one of us deserves to be treated with respect, but no one should overlook another’s kindness. Be appreciative of what others do for you- it’s usually a lot more than you will ever realize.
“A little boy came up to his mother in the kitchen one evening while she was fixing supper, and handed her a piece of paper that he had been writing on. After his Mom dried her hands on an apron, she read it, and this is what it said:
For cutting the grass: $5.00
For cleaning up my room this week: $1.00
For going to the store for you: $.50
Baby-sitting my kid brother while you went shopping: $.25
Taking out the garbage: $1.00
For getting a good report card: $5.00
For cleaning up and raking the yard: $2.00
Total owed: $14.75
Well, his mother looked at him standing there, and the boy could see the memories flashing through her mind. She picked up the pen, turned over the paper he’d written on, and this is what she wrote:
For the nine months I carried you while you were growing inside me:
For all the nights that I’ve sat up with you, doctored and prayed for you:
For all the trying times, and all the tears that you’ve caused through the years:
For all the nights that were filled with dread, and for the worries I knew were ahead:
For the toys, food, clothes, and even wiping your nose:
Son, when you add it up, the cost of my love is:
When the boy finished reading what his mother had written, there were big tears in his eyes, and he looked straight at his mother and said, “Mom, I sure do love you.” And then he took the pen and in great big letters he wrote: “PAID IN FULL”. ~Unknown
Always remember that everything and everyone counts; look for ways to offer your love and appreciation more often to those around you without asking anything in return.
Give yourself entirely to those around you. Be generous with your blessings. A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal. ~Steve Maraboli