On being kind

Friday, February 6, 2015

Kindness

I’m supposed to be writing on the topic “random acts of kindness”. More specifically, nice things I do for people without any reward.



 This caused me pause. I had to really try and think of things that I do for other people. Am I not a nice person?

Sure, I’ve given extra money in the Tim Horton’s drive through so the person behind me could have coffee for free but I haven’t done that in a while.

Then, the more I thought about it, the more it felt like I shouldn't have to think this hard about nice things I do because it really should just be part of who I am.

Have I been so worn out that I’ve stopped being nice?

No. That can’t be right. Right?!



I try and do nice things for the people I love. Mr. B particularly benefits from this. Wait, let me clarify because I know where your heads are going.
If I’m grocery shopping or something I’ll pick up things I know he likes just because I know he likes them. I never attend the dollar store without getting him candy (because he LOVES candy).
It’s the little things.
AND I completely and totally appreciate it when he does stuff like that for me. Like the other day, he said “I got you a treat” and I found a Reese’s peanut butter cups.
It’s so little but it says “I was thinking about you”.

I try and be intentional about being kind to strangers like holding  the door or letting a waiting car go in front of me (though I secretly, now not so secretly, get a little irritated when people don’t wave  likely defeating the whole purpose of being kind without needing appreciation lol).

I do other things too, but writing about them feels a little un-modest.

This got me thinking about WHY I do kind things and why I think that’s important.
First, because it feels amazing when someone does something kind for you so imagine how it feels when you do something for someone else.
While we’re not rich, we’re fortunate is so so many ways and can certainly stand to spare our time and money (within reason) for people and causes in need.
It feels good. Being kind, even when no one knows it was you, feels good.
I want my daughter to be kind, not because someone praises her, but because she wants someone else to feel good. She’ll learn this from us.
Why not?!



The world can be a crappy place at times. We have no idea what a lot of other people are going through or struggling with at any given time. We often have the power to brighten someone else’s day by simply being kind. It doesn't need to cost money, it can be holding a door, giving someone a compliment, or empathizing with someone’s plight. Regardless what you do, I guarantee you’ll feel better for it.


On that note, I’m off to find something nice to do… 



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26 comments:

  1. It's so obvious from everything you write on your blog that you are a nice, kind person! I think the little things are the important things - and the world needs lots of those! Have a great weekend & hope you're feeling better!

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  2. "We often have the power to brighten someone else’s day by simply being kind." Love that!

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  3. Well said about us having to model it for our kids. Great post!

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  4. I think most of us in this link up think that it is important to just be kind and be modest about what we do for others. I am certain you are a wonderful role model of kindness!!

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  5. It is the kindness that comes naturally that really counts and that's probably why you couldn't think of kind things you do.... You so it without thinking! Great post.

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  6. You're right sometimes it's just the smallest acts that make someone's day!

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    1. it's true, I need to make a point to do those little things more!

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  7. Thank you for the important reminders with those beautiful quotes!

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    1. ANYtime, I think I needed the reminder myself

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  8. I love kindness quotes - it never gets old!

    Best!
    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

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  9. We really need more kindness in this world so this is a great reminder, love the quotes & this thoughtful post Shaunacey!
    Marta
    www.sweatersstripesandsweets.com

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  10. So true! Our words and actions toward others really do matter.

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    1. yes, and we can impact someone's day for the better with little effort

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  11. You were so sweet to send the extra sheet of Jamberry nails with my order...that was a very kind gesture. Your sweet mini-you has a great role model in you.

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  12. Love the inspirational quotes! You are right, it's the little things that can make a huge difference to someone who is struggling or having a bad day!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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    1. thanks, now I just need to be more intentional with my kindness!

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  13. I love this post! I think we should be kind all the time. I always try to compliment people when I get the chance. My husband thinks I'm crazy sometimes, but I like to see people smile. For example, there was an elderly lady who had on the cutest sequin hat one night out at a restaurant. I felt silly walking over to her table to tell her I like it, but it seriously made her day and we had a great little conversation! I think we both ended the conversation with happy feelings:) So, especially when I feel silly doing something like that, I try to push myself to do it anyways.

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    1. I love that Tif!!! Imagine how many people's day you make just by saying something nice and genuine!

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