Thinkin' Back

Thinkin' Back

Kindness

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain

I have made it a personal goal of mine to live and breathe this quote as much as I am able throughout my adult life. While my family likes to joke that I’m tuff as nails on the outside, I’m also tenderhearted on the inside. My kiddos like to quote the movie Shrek and tell me I have layers.

I heard someone say the other day, something that I have said myself on several occasions. Kindness doesn’t cost anything. I don’t know why it caught my attention this time, but it did…which got me to thinking. Is kindness really free? Sure, you don’t have to spend money to do something kind for someone, but is it free?

The answer that’s been swirling around in my head the last few days is simple and complex at the same time. No, kindness is definitely not free. But don’t go grabbing your pitch forks just yet, hear me out on this.

That smile that someone gave you this morning, that you returned and it lifted your spirit. Who’s to say that someone wasn’t battling a major issue at home and it took everything inside them just to smile? That cost them strength to be able to put someone ahead of themselves.

That door that someone held while several people walked through without acknowledging it. Who’s to say that him taking the time to hold the door open didn’t cost him to be 5 minutes late for work due to the couple of extra cars that got on the road while he was holding that door. That cost him time that he might have gotten into trouble over.

That hostess who went out of her way to accommodate every concession your large group asked for only to not get a “thank you”. However, she continued to go out of her way to help not only your group, but the servers as well. That cost her some pride to continue to be helpful when it doesn’t feel appreciated.

That woman who saw that your hands were full and when you started dropping things she rushed over to offer assistance. Who’s to say that she doesn’t suffer from severe shyness and it took everything in her to even be able to speak to you or make eye contact to offer help? That cost her bravery that she didn’t think she had inside of her to do.

These are just a few examples of how kindness is not free, but people continue to do acts of kindness…whether they be random or deliberate. So please, when someone is kind to you be thankful for it. Both kindness and thankfulness are getting rarer and rarer in today’s world. Let’s not let them keep getting more and more lost. Teach your kids, remind your family, and make yourself an example.

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