Why is it that people forget that really ridiculously good looking people have feelings? As a ridiculously good looking person myself, I’m here to tell you, Yes, we have feelings. And yes, I’m making an obvious Zoolander reference and no, I’m not excited about the sequel. I think the sequel is a BAD idea. I predict it will be better than Anchorman 2, but not by much.
Honestly, though, my feelings were hurt deeply and repeatedly this weekend. Someone laughed in my face, another person made snide comments to me, a third person was purposefully mean to Cupcake (a grown up no less!) all within a thirty minute period. That was just at one event this past weekend. I won’t go into the others.
I think it is easy to look at someone who is attractive and married to an attractive person and has attractive children around them and think, Ugh. There is NO reason to be kind to them. Their life is perfect and mine is not and I am going to treat them badly so they know what life is like for the rest of us!
I can tell you right now: my life is not perfect. If you want some proof, read more blog posts of mine. Here’s one. Here’s one. Here’s another. No one has a perfect life. No one will have a perfect life on earth. But you have the ability to be kind to others. You have the ability to make someone cry in the car for thirty minutes or make them feel welcome in new surroundings. You can be really, really, really ridiculously good looking on the inside.
One day, I’ll update you on my life, whereabouts, and doings, but until then, I want to share a microscopic story with you.
Usually when I do a Random Act of Kindness, I have no idea what the effect is or if it even made a difference at all. But a couple weeks ago, I was blessed to see a tiny ripple of kindness from something I did.
I was waiting in line at the store behind a family with a million items. Not to mention, they were price checking items. Cupcake and Peapod were inhabiting the cart and I was wondering how much longer they could handle waiting so patiently. I glanced behind me because I had a feeling that the line had exploded from just me to half the store. I noticed that the guy behind me had a frozen pizza in hand, and I felt bad that he had to wait so long. By the time these people would be done with their purchases, this pizza would be lukewarm at best.
“You go in front of me.”
“Thank you so much!”
I love helping people and I love it even more when they acknowledge it with appreciation. As I was basking in the glow of being thanked for such a minuscule act, I hear the lady behind me with an overflowing basket of stuff say, “Would you like to go in front of me?” The person behind her declined.
I was so excited to see the effect of the tiny thing I did that I almost missed the second round of thanks from frozen pizza guy.
Have you ever seen the fruits of your kindness?
Thanks to the WordPress Freshly Pressed page, I read the Year of Kindness blog. After reading this blog, I knew that I wanted to participate in the 100th Day of Kindness.
I went to the Australian Kindness Movement‘s website to get ideas for things to do all day. They have a great list of ways to be kind, and they even have ways for parents and young people to be kind. I smiled at strangers, bought a coffee for someone, and gave a stranger a compliment (that one didn’t go so well, but that’s ok! I went out of my comfort zone on that one).
The one thing I did that wasn’t on the list involved Hunny. I had to go to the eye doctor that day, which meant that I wasn’t able to have lunch with him. I had everything that he would need for lunch ready for him in the fridge. I left post-it notes all over the kitchen. One gave detailed instructions on how to make Pizza Toast, and one on the pantry gave him ideas of what to have with it and reminded him one of his favorite things was in the pantry. One told him I loved him. One told him that he is awesome. I wrote how much I missed him on another. He kept his favorites up, and they are still in the kitchen.
I don’t know if any of my kind actions made a difference. I know the notes put a smile on Hunny’s face, and that is enough for me.
I think the importance of kindness is overlooked and underrated in our society. Kindness is largely ignored in the society of social media. I am going to make a conscious effort to be more kind through my online interactions.
I’m going to leave you with these quotes:
If you have the choice to be right or to be kind, choose kind. ~Wayne Dyer
Whoever pursues righteousness and kindness will find life, righteousness, and honor. Proverbs 21:21
I hope you have a kind filled week and LIFE!