I’m pleased to share this guest post by Tara Riggs, a talented writer, blogger and member of my Kindness Junkie community. She shares my belief that acts of kindness can be found in the smallest and most simple of acts. In her post, Tara recounts a sweet act of kindness she recently witnessed, completed by a young boy.
Kindness Comes in All Shapes and Sizes
When you think of kindness do you picture grand actions like purchasing someone else’s groceries for them or do you picture small moments like using polite manners and holding the door for someone? We are conditioned to focus primarily on grand actions, but small moments are just as important. Don’t let kindness be inhibited by the scale of the action or your ability to be generous. Your smile and time, as you hold the door for someone, is just as, if not more important than, any dollars and cents you could spend.
I was at the store when a little boy cut in front of me in line and started jumping up and down trying to meet the cashier’s eyes. He explained that he found a cell phone in the parking lot and his mom always said how expensive they were, so would the cashier please hold onto it so the owner could claim it. That immediately made me smile. The little boy may not have known it, but turning in that cell phone probably saved the owner a lot of hassle ( and money).
Don’t think your kindness doesn’t matter just because you can’t afford to spend a lot of time volunteering or money on causes. It is small, personal acts of kindness that can have the largest impact. Spending 30 seconds to hold a door, close someone’s open gas cap, or turn in a lost phone or wallet helps plant seeds of kindness everywhere you go. These seeds help make the world a better place. We all need to start somewhere, right?
Help celebrate acts of kindness in all shapes and sizes. If your child does something, praise them. If you notice a coworker or friend being especially helpful or kind to someone, show them that you’ve noticed and are appreciative. Say thank you when someone acts kindly toward you. Once someone is kind to you, pay it forward. Continue to plant seeds of kindness so that someday, everyone will enjoy kindness.
Tara’s bio: Tara Riggs is a social media specialist and communication assistant based out of Asheville, North Carolina. She focuses on graphic design, data analysis, and social media management. She also helps run a small family farm and will be moving to Budapest, Hungary in September to attend graduate school. Follow her on Twitter @tarariggs.