The Importance Of Kindness


I've always said that you should treat others as you wish to be treated. Kindness costs absolutely nothing and I strive to do acts of kindness as often as I possibly can. It's unrealistic to be nice every single minute of every single day. Sometimes our mood and things we're going through can influence the way we may treat other people and I'm definitely guilty of not always returning the smile. Having said that I'll always try and as humans sometimes our best is all we can manage. I was talking to my Grandparents the other day and they had been out for a meal together. They told me that there was a man sitting fairly close to their table having lunch by himself. Once he'd finished his meal, he went over to where they were sitting and struck up a conversation. He was friendly and polite, he offered his compliments and even gave them the free chocolates he'd received with his coffee. After a brief conversation, the man returned to his table, grabbed his coat and left the restaurant. My Grandparents continued their conversation, finished their meals and asked for the bill to which the waiter told them that the gentleman who had spoken to them and sat nearby had already paid for their meal. At first, my Grandparents thought it was some kind of joke but they later realised that the stranger had in fact paid for their three course meal and drinks out of the kindness of his heart. The owner of the restaurant later revealed that the stranger visits the restaurant every couple of weeks and he has been known to do this once before. The story left me speechless because it is so rare in today's world that a stranger would do something so unexpected yet so selfless and kind hearted. It made me wonder where he'd come from, if he had any family. I wanted to know why he'd do such a decent thing for two complete strangers. That man, whoever he may be, has inspired me immensely to do more good. Whether the act is small or not, kindness is never wasted and it's never overlooked. Somebody, somewhere, will recognise what you've done and appreciate it. I often think about this kind of thing when I'm in work. I work in retail and I'll often spend ages talking to customers and it'll cross my mind whether I'm the only person they'd spoken to all day. Perhaps they've had a really terrible week and the slightest compliment or smile could make their whole day so much brighter. You don't necessarily have to spend money, it costs absolutely nothing but a second of your time to make a difference to someone's day and it's such an important thing to do when there are so many less fortunate people than ourselves. Just yesterday I was sitting in a cafe and it was packed full of people so I ordered my drink and I sat down at the last available table. An elderly couple came in and they were absolutely drenched from the rain so I approached them and offered them my table and drink thinking that they needed it more than I did. I didn't mind of course, luckily I was in a good mood but they appreciated it and it made me feel better about my day. Even as I'm writing this, two strangers have started a conversation next to me and it's such a lovely thing to witness when you don't owe anybody anything yet you're willing to go that extra mile to make sure someone is okay. It's truly heart warming, especially when you can never really know what a person is going through or how they're feeling. Even if they're on top of the world, no act of kindness will ever go unnoticed. And I think that's important to remember.

I hope you enjoyed this little story. I wanted to mention it because the moral of the story is so important, especially in today's world where we seem to be caught up in all of the terrible things that are happening. I hope you've had a great day wherever you are.

Lots of Love,
Meg X

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