In my life I have a lot of dependence on other people’s kindness. I mean many times I find myself in a situation which is usually solved by someone’s helping hands. Don’t take me wrong I don’t take advantage of anyone. These are not situations of gaining advantage by climbing on the backs of others. These are most of the time random acts of kindness.
Originally random act of kindness is when you cheer up a random stranger or help with no reason then to make the person happier. I causally use the expression for everyone not just for someone I don’t know.
Psalms 36:7 ERV
Nothing is more precious than your loving kindness. All people can find protection close to you.
Have you ever found yourself near to someone who always kind of charges your batteries? Who makes you smiling even if your day wasn’t the best?
At the same time some days we are just unable to feel this magic due to bad mood, or a pressing situation which keeps our mind busy. If our mental energies are used for thinking constantly about our problem in life, it is extremely difficult to see when someone is approaching us with kindness or the aim of helping. I have some days I am not filled with gratitude and most of the time these are the days when I am frustrated. God, I wish I could be present/conscious in my whole being every single moment of my life. I would choose to use it to appreciate everyone around me.
I am so blessed in life with the people surrounding me. In 2017, many occasions I was saved by my friends, who offered me their sofas to crash there for weeks in the UK. I was blessed in 2016, when I was obliged to leave the house in a 3rd world country where my entire team lived, and a host family opened their doors for me. Straight from the first moment I met the mummy of the house, I felt that it is not just the doors which were opened, but her and the whole families’ hearts. And we all magically filled this 3 months with happiness, and kindness. The best times of my life I lived with that African family. In 2015, in London I was obliged to leave a house too, and was accepted by my coworkers to their rooms to be shared with me. With one guy I spent 4 weeks, with the girl I spent 3 weeks. Both situations, we know each other only for a few months prior, when we worked at the same restaurant but even then they opened their lives for me and took the inconvenience of letting their independence go to share their single rooms with me. In 2014 I was hosted for a month in Greece by random people every 2-3 days.
And these are just some of the highlights form the last 4 years when I was subject of random acts of kindness. Although it is not about the size. Today for example I was traveling on the tube in London and it was later I realized that I forgot to print my pre-ordered ticket for tomorrow. The station I traveled to has no ticket office, so it is not possible to print. Before I paid for my tube usage, I met with a tube worker, and explained my situation. I know it is only ~3 pounds, but I didn’t wanna pay it as I had the ticket what contains my tube line. He first offered to me to pay and get out and walk 20 mins to the next station where there is ticket office. Then he realized I am with a lot of luggage, and reevaluated the situation. He suddenly offered to me to call the other station and ask them to let me print there without charging me for the get out, and back from the tube gates. So I went back to the trains and got my tickets on the other station. So few minutes later I was back to my initial destination and the man was there kindly asking me if all went well. -Yes. – I said while I was felt with gratitude and love. This is just a typical example of random acts of kindness which can switch your mood drastically when you are on the receiving or even the giving end.
Wouldn’t you want for yourself to be treated with kindness and love? Why can’t we give it to others every single day? Why can’t we notice these tiny miracles every single occasions and be grateful and happy?