“Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.” Henry James
Of all the small things I’ve been poking around in the shed this month I keep coming back to this. It’s one of those things that seems small but as you look closer and start to unravel it, you realise just how big it is.
Small things make a difference, we know that (ask anyone who’s spent a night with a mosquito) but in this case it can change lives for the better. In the dentist’s waiting room some years ago a fellow patient was trying to book an appointment and the receptionist efficiently changed diary entries and answered phone calls, all the while with a cheery smile and understanding nods. When the appointment was finally made, the patient said, “You’re really good at your job, do you know that?” And the receptionist’s face quite honestly lit up. It was a lovely sight. I saw her later that day and she was walking on air, head high and wide smile.
This is the power of a kind word, a thoughtful deed. Kindness can change the world. Think about it: if everyone tried to be just a little bit kinder – to each other and to ourselves – the earth would surely tilt on its axis.
It’s our superpower if only we knew it.
If you fancy donning your cape and getting on with it pop onto this website (The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation) for some brilliant tips and inspiring words.