Random Acts of Kindness

Pay It Forward (2000)

Remember that gorgeous movie Pay It Forward?

It’s well worth a re-visit for a powerful feel-good treat and certainly for inspiration to be able to uplift those you come into contact with.   Sweet and simple!

Here follows a little on the subject – we can all do it!!!!

We first heard the saying practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty, many years ago when we were at Findhorn, the well-known spiritual community in Scotland. It always struck us as being the most obvious thing to do, that practicing kindness and beauty should be a natural expression of who we are.

Be generous. Give to those you love; give to those who love you, give to the fortunate, give to the unfortunate — yes, give especially to those you don’t want to give. You will receive abundance for your giving.

The more you give, the more you will have!– W. Clement Stone

Wikipedia says that a random act of kindness is: “a selfless act performed by a person or persons wishing to either assist or cheer up an individual… There will generally be no reason other than to make people smile, or be happier.”

In addition to “random” we could say “spontaneous” or “impulsive” – but just keep it simple!

Giving spontaneously can also have a remarkable affect on all those who come in contact with both the act and the players.   For instance, Huffington Post blogger Arthur Rosenfield was in the drive-thru line at Starbucks. The man in line behind him was getting impatient and angry, leaning on his horn and shouting insults at both Arthur and the Starbucks workers. Beginning to get angry himself, Arthur chose to keep his cool and change the negativity into something positive. He paid for the man’s coffee and drove away. When he got home at the end of the day, he discovered that he had created a chain of giving that had not only continued all that day but had been highlighted on NBC News and within twenty-four hours had spread around the world on the Internet.   :o)

Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end. –Scott Adams

Random acts of kindness are essential to our well-being, as they liberate us from self-obsession, selfishness, and isolation; they are the effect of an open and loving nature. True generosity is giving without expectation, with no need to be repaid in any form. This is the most powerful act of generosity, as it is unconditional, unattached, and free to land wherever it will. Whether we give to our family, friends, or to strangers, it is the same.

We may feel we have little to offer, but whether it is a few pennies or a whole bankroll, a cup of tea or a banquet is irrelevant–it is the act of giving itself that is important.

As Mahatma Gandhi said,

Almost anything we do will seem insignificant, but it is very important that we do it.

Do you have a story of a random act of kindness?    Do comment below.

Ref:
Ed and Deb Shapiro’s new book, BE THE CHANGE, How Meditation Can Transform You And The World, www.EdandDebShapiro.com

One thought on “Random Acts of Kindness

  1. ….. and another in similar vein – a powerful and beautiful message from the author of Conversations With God, Neale Donald Walsh

    On this day of your life, dear friend, I believe God wants you to know…

    …that to find beauty in everyone you must see beauty in everyone, then announce that you see it, for in announcing it, you place it there in their reality.

    Do not miss a single chance — not one single opportunity — to tell someone how wonderful they are, how special they are, how important to you they are, how incredible as a person they are, how beautiful they are inside and out. Do not miss a single opening in which to insert such a comment, genuinely felt and genuinely meant.

    Make it your life’s mission today to bring to the attention of another just how extraordinary they are. Say it. Say it. SAY it. Their heart is waiting to know that their own best thought about themselves can be believed.

    Love, Your Friend….
    Neale

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